Fun + Unique Airbnb News, August ’17

airbnb news august 2017

In this monthly piece, I’m going to focus on the fun and interesting news coming out about Airbnb. I’ll mostly be ignoring news from governments and special-interest groups about regulation, litigation, taxes, housing crisis, etc. This post is Airbnb news August 2017.

 

This Calculator Shows You How Much You Can Make Renting Your House on Airbnb

This is pretty cool! Calculate how much your space or potential investment property is worth on Airbnb. It’s FREE! Click here to go directly to the online Airbnb revenue calculator.

Related: Want To Know How Much Your Space Is Worth on Airbnb?

 

This calculator shows you how much you can make renting your house on Airbnb. Click To Tweet

 

Airbnb Listings Crack 4m, Hits Booking Record

On Saturday, August 5th, Airbnb hit a record with 2.5M people staying in an Airbnb. The company says they have more than 4M listings across 191 countries.

 

Airbnb listings crack 4M, new record of 2.5M guests staying on Airbnb in early August. Click To Tweet

 

Self-Driving People, Enabled by Airbnb

Maybe this is the tip of the tide turning in Airbnb’s favor? If you’ve been following me, you know I’m extremely pro Airbnb, but not because I was a prior employee or because I have a financial stake (ie stock). It comes down to the fact that Airbnb is creating connections all over the world and every single night that never otherwise would’ve existed. When people meet people in person, they tend to like them. When people ‘meet’ people via the 24-hour news cycle, they take a different view. In our world, Airbnb is doing so much behind-the-scenes good it’s immeasurable. You think people from X country hate you because you’re from Y country? Go stay with an Airbnb host in X country and I promise they do not hate you.

Related: Airbnb Explained in 180 Words

 

Google takes aim at Airbnb as it lists vacation rentals

Kind, sorta. The article isn’t clear. I’m unsure if Google is creating an Airbnb clone or just including existing properties in their search.

 

A new low in smearing Airbnb

The hotel industry has just tried to link the terrorist bombings in Manchester to Airbnb…enough said. Click link for commercial.

 

The hotel industry just tried to link terrorism to Airbnb in their most recent commercial... Click To Tweet

 

President Trump’s childhood home open for rent on Airbnb

Still looking for the actual listing URL

 

Beyond Pricing acquires Smart Host, offering revenue management tools for vacation rentals

Smart Host was a pricing tool more for larger scale operations, though I suspect it has a low market share. You would pay them and they would give you a revenue manager. Beyond Pricing is the current market leader so this will reinforce that title.

Related: Let’s Talk About Airbnb Revenue Management

 

What Really Drives Airbnb Hosts Crazy

You can finally confirm you’re not the only host that’s annoyed by these 7 common guest habits. I’m surprised to see asking for discounts isn’t on there.

 

Want to know what really drives Airbnb hosts crazy!?! Click To Tweet

 

I would love to read your comments about this news or new stuff not covered! This was Airbnb news August 2017.


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About Danny Rusteen:

The Airbnb Pro, Danny has been connected to Airbnb since 2012 as an Airbnb employee, Superhost, and Airbnb property manager. In 2018, Danny passed 500 nights in an Airbnb as a guest. Danny has traveled to over 25 countries with Airbnb and sifted through thousands of Airbnb listings, so he knows what makes a listing stand out and how to offer a world-class experience to your guest.