Fun + Unique Airbnb News, April ’17

Airbnb news april 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 April 2017.

 

Meet Humanless Host

 

Spoiler Alert: Airbnb’s April Fools

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Report: Airbnb Explored Building Backyard Guest Homes

 

As a prior employee, I can confirm the accuracy of this story although it’s about two years old and it was never a serious project and never made it to any company wide meeting. Interesting idea, though.

 

Apparently, Portland has started an initiative to do this with one catch: you must first house a homeless family for five years, then the free home in your backyard is yours to do what ever you want with it including renting on Airbnb.

 

London’s Luxury Homes Won’t Sell, So Now They’re on Airbnb

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“Frustrated after searching for a buyer for two years, the owner of a luxury apartment overlooking London’s Hyde Park decided to rent it out for 1,500 pounds ($1,868) a night.”

 

In Effort to Cover Deficit, Metropolitan Museum Partners with Airbnb to Rent Period Rooms

 

Airbnb is one of the best in coming up with creative ways to market their brand. Unfortunately, the author didn’t include a link to the Airbnb listing and I couldn’t find it online. Please post it if you see it.

 

What we’re doing to prevent account takeovers

 

An article from Nate Blecharczyk, Cofounder and CSO of Airbnb. Essentially, from now on, when anyone logs into your account from a new device, you will have to confirm via an SMS code or email.

 

You’ll Never Guess Which City Has The Most Airbnb Properties

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Cities with most Airbnb listings

Inside the Hotel Industry’s Plan to Combat Airbnb

 

Hah! Maybe this will start the inevitable showdown between home-sharing (Airbnb, VRBO, Flipkey, etc.) and hotels. There will always be a place for hotels. Someone will always want the ease of booking a place and knowing exactly what they’ll get. These people pay a premium for this.