Fun + Unique Airbnb News, January ’18

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 January 2018.

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How AI is changing how we travel

 

“The end-game is that Airbnb will show you results, based not only on your search terms, but on you and your very specific preferences.”

 

Often I am asked why a particular listing doesn’t show up in search or why a particular competitor’s listing always shows up high. Airbnb is not like Google, the search results differ per user.

 

At Airbnb, Tensions Bubble Between Chesky and Tosi

 

I’m going with Chesky on this one. I think Tosi is used to the plush lifestyle and automatic promotions and power. Good riddance!

 

 

Airbnb hits profitability as it sets up for possible IPO, report says

 

$100M in profitiblity in 2017! That’s impressive. Though, I doubt they will go public this year without a CFO. If history is any indicator of the future, the next CFO may not be hired until 2019.

 

Airbnb is developing a VR feature for Rental Listings

 

Will you implement when this becomes active? Do you already do this on your personal site?

 

 

Airbnb will now let you book by paying 50 percent in advance

 

What do you think of this, Airbnb hosts? The total price must be $250+ and booked at least 2 weeks in advance.

 

 

Airbnb is expanding its Experiences feature to 200 cities this year

 

This is great news because it will undoubtedly bring in more guests over the long-term.

 

 

Airbnb promotes countries Trump allegedly called ‘shithole’

 

Should Airbnb be this politically active?

 

 

August Home partners with Deliv for same-day in-home deliveries

 

Integration for same-day delivery of groceries and packages. I love the idea! But what are the security risks? Now one more person has access to your home.

 

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


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