Fun + Unique Airbnb News, January ’17

Airbnb news 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.

Instagram Is #Obsessed with These Airbnb Rentals

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If you follow my social media accounts (Facebook and Instagram), you’ll notice some of these have already been highlighted by me 🙂

 

It’s Awkward When Airbnb Hosts Tell Guests “Don’t Mention Airbnb”

 

So true. One day, this won’t be an issue.

 

Airbnb Comes Of Age And Causes A Tax Investigation

 

In summary, Airbnb is not paying a lot of tax and doing is 100% legally. No different than Google, Starbucks, and any other intelligent company. Now, what is the issue? If governments really wanted Airbnb to pay their fair share (why wouldn’t they?), they’ll change the tax code. Period.

 

Regulators should resist cracking down on Airbnb

 

“The company’s service should be a win-win-win, giving visitors cheaper and more abundant lodging options, allowing owners to put their unused rooms to good — and remunerative — use, and encouraging tourism in expensive cities. Regulators should aim to enable that vision — not to appease the hotel lobby or activists who shortsightedly favor preserving the status quo.”

 

Airbnb Leads $13 Million Investment in Dining Reservations App Resy

 

To date, Airbnb hadn’t made many investments, but this one is noteworthy as Brian stated at the Airbnb Open ‘Soon, you’ll be able to book restaurant reservations directly through the Airbnb app.’

 

Airbnb’s Chip Conley to Leave Global Head of Hospitality and Strategy Role

 

I know, along with probably 1000’s of other people, Chip personally and can only speak highly of him. He will be sorely missed in more than one way.

 

The Guide to Being an Airbnb Superhost

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If you’re new to Airbnb, this is a really good introduction. If you’ve been around for awhile, this may not provide a lot of value for you.