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Honolulu deals with Airbnb, Expedia will help ID illegal rentals


Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed a bill on Tuesday that will enact some of the strictest vacation rental laws Hawaii has seen in more than 40 years.

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HONOLULU — Airbnb and Expedia Group have agreed to provide Honolulu with information that will help the city enforce its laws governing vacation rentals, the companies and the city said Tuesday.

Hosts will have to provide the “tax map key” property identification number issued by the state of Hawaii when they list a rental on the vacation rental websites. The hosts will also have to provide a Transient Accommodations Tax identification number for the property.

The public will be able to see these numbers on the listings.

Listings lacking these numbers numbers will be removed from the websites.

Honolulu authorities have long struggled to enforce the city’s vacation rental laws, as it’s difficult to prove in court when someone is illegally renting a property on a short-term basis.

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Honolulu has about 800 legal vacation rental and bed-and-breakfast units. But studies have estimated the city has had about 10 times as many illegal ones.

“We know there are bad actors out there, and this will help us crack down on them. While this is not a panacea, it’s a step forward,” Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said in a statement.

Airbnb and Expedia signed separate agreements with Kauai County earlier this year.


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Airbnb and Expedia agree to help Honolulu crack down on illegal vacation rentals

The city has reached an agreement with Airbnb and Expedia Group on the enforcement of short-term vacation rentals, Mayor Kirk Caldwell and the two online platform giants announced today.

The agreement is expected to make it easier for the city to track and regulate vacation rentals and ensure operators are properly taxed.

“We’re going to be able to address problems that have never addressed before,” Caldwell said at a video press conference this afternoon.

Under the agreement, Airbnb and VRBO, an Expedia subsidiary, will provide the city Department of Planning and Permitting with monthly reports detailing information about the operators advertising on their platforms, allowing the agency to more easily verify if a rental is permitted.

The information to be disclosed would include Tax Map Key and Transient Accommodations Tax numbers for each property. If found to be unpermitted, the two companies have agreed to take the ads down.Agreeing to allow ads to be removed “permanently” is a feature unique to Oahu, Caldwell said. In other jurisdictions, “you have to go back and keep scrubbing the lists every so often,” he said.

Kauai County reached a similar agreement with the two companies during the summer. That agreement, however, does not include a permanent removal provision.

Deputy Corporation Counsel Brad Saito, the city’s lead attorney on the vacation rentals issue, said the companies have also agreed to provide education to their advertisers “about what is and what is not allowed in the City and County of Honolulu.”

Max Sword, Expedia’s Hawaii policy advisor, said the agreement “will help the responsible, short-term rental owners and the City and County of Honolulu.” Short-term rentals work well during the pandemic because it allows for better social distancing, he said.

The agreement is beneficial to both operators, who want fair and clearly defined rules, as well as “neighborhoods around Oahu who want to see clear guardrails around the use of vacation rentals in their community,” said Matt Middlebrook, Airbnb Hawaii policy manager.

After years of debate, the Honolulu City Council in 2018 adopted a new ordinance cracking down on illegal vacation rentals.

Under the plan, the city was supposed to allow up to 1,700 new permits for bed and breakfast operations across the island starting Oct 1. But in September, the Council adopted Bill 50 pushing the start-up date to no earlier than April 30.

Saito said DPP is in the process of drafting rules which it hopes to take out for public hearing during the first quarter of next year.

Since the new law has been in place, the city has issued 181 violation notices, Saito said.

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City teams up with Airbnb, Vrbo to crack down on illegal vacation rentals

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) – The city is teaming up with Airbnb and Expedia, the parent company of Vrbo, to crack down on illegal vacation rentals on Oahu.

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A new memorandum of agreement is aimed at tracking and regulating Oahu vacation rentals, including by ensuring legal rentals are properly taxed and illegal rentals are shut down.

“We know there are bad actors out there, and this will help us crack down on them. While this is not a panacea, it’s a step forward,” said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

“For our residents who depend on this income, we want to provide an avenue for people to list their rentals in a legal, and transparent manner.”

Under the MOU, the two platforms will provide detailed information on listings so the city can ensure they’re legal. There will also be changes made to listings to make sure they’re properly taxed.

The changes come as Oahu is slowly beginning to see tourism ramp up with the state’s pre-travel testing program, which allows incoming travelers who test negative for COVID-19 to skip quarantine.

Vacation rentals were not allowed to operate on Oahu until the island moved into Tier 2 of its reopening strategy. In October, Oahu vacation rentals had an occupancy rate of 27%.

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Mayor Caldwell signs vacation rental agreement with Expedia, Airbnb – Honolulu, Hawaii news, sports & weather

“We know there are bad actors out there, and this will help us crack down on them. While this is not a panacea, it’s a step forward,” said Mayor Caldwell. “For our residents who depend on this income, we want to provide an avenue for people to list their rentals in a legal, and transparent manner. This collaboration will also provide a step forward for effective enforcement of illegal vacation rentals, and ensures that our neighborhoods remain neighborhoods for local families.”

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Vacation Rental in Hawaii with Airbnb, Expedia Group

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell today signed two memoranda of understanding (MOU) between the City and County of Honolulu and short-term vacation rental platforms Airbnb and Expedia Group, parent company to vacation rental website Vrbo. The MOU is designed to help Honolulu officials effectively track and regulate vacation rentals, ensuring the community can receive the full tax and tourism benefits vacation rentals provide, while controlling the spread of illegal vacation rentals. These new memoranda of understanding help facilitate effective enforcement of vacation rental laws, allowing responsible vacation rental operators to advertise with online travel platforms.

“We know there are bad actors out there, and this will help us crack down on them. While this is not a panacea, it’s a step forward,” said Mayor Caldwell. “I also want to thank Airbnb and Expedia for stepping up to the table and help to provide solutions for legal short-term rentals on O‘ahu. For our residents who depend on this income, we want to provide an avenue for people to list their rentals in a legal, and transparent manner. This collaboration will also provide a step forward for effective enforcement of illegal vacation rentals, and ensures that our neighborhoods remain neighborhoods for local families.”

This agreement will help the City and County of Honolulu enforce vacation rental laws, reducing the number of illegal rental operations. It will allow responsible vacation rental operators to advertise their homes on online travel platforms, while requiring platforms to regularly provide the City and County with information on its vacation rentals, and in turn the City and County of Honolulu will be able to request a permanent delisting of illegal vacation rentals.

The two participating short term rental platforms have agreed to provide the City and County of Honolulu with detailed information sufficient to accurately identify the vacation rental unit and identify if it is permitted under the law of the City and County of Honolulu.

“This pandemic has highlighted just how important it is that cities, communities and industry work together on effective, long-term solutions,” said Amanda Pedigo, vice president of government affairs at Expedia Group. “Today’s agreement will help responsible vacation rental owners and managers stay in compliance with local laws and provide the City and County with insight into the local vacation rental market. Expedia Group thanks Mayor Caldwell and his team for their collaboration and leadership. We are thrilled to be part of an agreement that will benefit the people of Honolulu as the City and County work towards economic recovery.”

“As the City works to build back from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, short-term rentals will continue to be a vital source of supplemental income for local residents and revenue to support the local visitor industry,” said Matt Middlebrook, Airbnb Regional Policy Lead. “We are grateful to Mayor Caldwell and his team for working with us on an agreement that preserves the benefits of short-term rentals for residents and the local economy, while providing the City the tools it needs to help enforce

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10 Airbnb Alternatives for Every Kind of Vacation Home Seeker

a living room filled with furniture and a large window: 10 Airbnb Alternatives for Every Kind of Vacation Home Seeker

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10 Airbnb Alternatives for Every Kind of Vacation Home Seeker

If you are traveling during the coronavirus pandemic, make sure you are aware of the latest travel rules and restrictions in the destination you are going to, and check the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest COVID-19 travel guidelines. We also have provided some tips for booking safe vacation rentals during the pandemic in this story.

There’s no denying that Airbnb has become an essential vacation rental resource for countless travelers the world over (for us too!), but it certainly isn’t the only game in town. Depending on the type of vacation home you are looking for, there are ample options.

We’ve put together our go-to list of vacation rental companies that we lean on whether we are simply looking for more choices for a popular destination or travel period (hello, last-minute holiday planners—we see you, we are you), or have something very specific in mind regarding amenities or design aesthetic. These are the vacation rentals for every budget, style, preference, and taste.

Homes & Villas by Marriott International

a living room filled with furniture and vase of flowers on a table: This 12-acre Kauai villa overlooks beautiful Kahili Bay.

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This 12-acre Kauai villa overlooks beautiful Kahili Bay.

Best for hotel lovers and Marriott Bonvoy members

Last year, one of the world’s most recognizable hotel companies entered the vacation rental market with Homes & Villas by Marriott International. The result is a large and well-curated collection of properties perfectly suited for travelers who love the consistent cleanliness and service hotels and resorts offer but want the space and unique amenities vacation rentals provide.

Marriott has partnered with experienced home management companies, such as Austin-based TurnKey Vacation Rentals (more on this outfit below), to oversee the maintenance and operations of the residences, ensuring that homes are professionally cleaned and always come with guaranteed standards, such as Wi-Fi, in-home washers, premium bed linens and towels, and provided toiletries.

The collection features more than 12,000 high-end homes in 225 destinations throughout the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe, and South Africa. The homes have an average nightly rate of about $500, but they range from urban and beach condos for about $150/night all the way up to sprawling English manors and Caribbean villas that go for $20,000/night.

Similar to other vacation rental booking platforms, you can search by your destination and dates. But if you’re looking for some inspiration to help drive your decision, Homes & Villas by Marriott International also has a series of “Curated Collections,” homes that are organized into such categories as:

Or go ahead and book Frank Sinatra’s midcentury Palm Springs paradise (pictured at the top of this article) or the sprawling Kauai villa pictured above.

In addition to the properties themselves, one of the biggest benefits of the Homes & Villas product is the fact that Marriott Bonvoy loyalty members can earn and redeem points when staying at the vacation homes.

To book: homes-and-villas.marriott.com



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Vacation Rental Market to Grow by $ 62.97 Bn in 2020, 9flats.Com Pte Ltd., Airbnb Inc., Booking Holdings Inc., and Wyndham Destinations Inc, Emerge as Key Contributors to Growth | Industry Analysis and Forecast 2024 | Technavio

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Technavio has been monitoring the vacation rental market and it is poised to grow by USD 62.97 bn during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of almost 7% during the forecast period. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment. Download a Free Sample Report on COVID-19

Impact of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to transform the growth of various industries, however, the immediate impact of the outbreak is varied. While a few industries will register a drop in demand, numerous others will continue to remain unscathed and show promising growth opportunities. COVID-19 will have a low impact on the vacation rental market. The market growth in 2020 is likely to increase compared to market growth in 2019.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What are the major trends in the market?

    Technological advance is a major trend driving the growth of the market.
  • At what rate is the market projected to grow?

    The year-over-year growth for 2020 is estimated at 5.51% and the incremental growth of the market is anticipated to be $ 62.97 billion.
  • Who are the top players in the market?

    9flats.com Pte Ltd., Airbnb Inc., Booking Holdings Inc., Expedia Group Inc., Hotelplan Holding AG, MakeMyTrip Pvt. Ltd., NOVASOL AS, Oravel Stays Pvt. Ltd., TripAdvisor Inc., and Wyndham Destinations Inc, are some of the major market participants.
  • What is the key market driver?

    The adoption of effective promotional strategies is one of the major factors driving the market.
  • How big is the Europe market?

    The Europe region will contribute 37% of the market share.


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The market is fragmented, and the degree of fragmentation will accelerate during the forecast period. 9flats.com Pte Ltd., Airbnb Inc., Booking Holdings Inc., Expedia Group Inc., Hotelplan Holding AG, MakeMyTrip Pvt. Ltd., NOVASOL AS, Oravel Stays Pvt. Ltd., TripAdvisor Inc., and Wyndham Destinations Inc. are some of the major market participants. The adoption of effective promotional strategies will offer immense growth opportunities. In a bid to help players strengthen their market foothold, this vacation rental market forecast report provides a detailed analysis of the leading market vendors. The report also empowers industry honchos with information on the competitive landscape and insights into the different product offerings offered by various companies.

Technavio’s custom research reports offer detailed insights on the impact of COVID-19 at an industry level, a regional level, and subsequent supply chain operations. This customized report will also help clients keep up with new product launches in direct & indirect COVID-19 related markets, upcoming vaccines and pipeline analysis, and significant developments in vendor operations and government regulations.

Vacation Rental Market 2020-2024: Segmentation

Vacation Rental Market is segmented as below:

  • Type
    • Managed By Owners
    • Professionally Managed
  • Courses
    • Graduate Courses
    • Certifications And Training
    • Post-graduate Courses
  • Geographic Landscape
    • APAC
    • Europe
    • MEA
    • North America
    • South America

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Airbnb says Google’s competing travel sites push its listings down in search results

  • Airbnb, in its S-1 filing, wrote that it believes its search results have been adversely affected by the launch of Google Travel and Google Vacation Rental Ads.
  • The company’s public comments follow several other travel executives’ who allege Google favors its own products in its Search results.
  • Google faces a lawsuit by the U.S. Department of Justice, which alleges it uses its search monopoly unfairly to suppress competition.

Brian Chesky wearing a suit and tie: Brian Chesky, chief executive officer and co-founder of Airbnb Inc., speaks during an Economic Club of New York luncheon at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., on Monday, March 13, 2017.

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Brian Chesky, chief executive officer and co-founder of Airbnb Inc., speaks during an Economic Club of New York luncheon at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., on Monday, March 13, 2017.

Airbnb says Google’s search business has prevented the home-sharing company from reaping internet traffic, according to documents the company filed as it prepares to sell shares to the public.


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Airbnb allows users to book short-term rentals and experiences while traveling. Under the “Risk Factors” in Airbnb’s S-1 filing, the company said Google has favored its own products over the company’s, resulting in fewer online visitors to its website. In the last year, the Alphabet company has added more search features akin to travel websites, including for vacation rentals.

“We believe that our SEO results have been adversely affected by the launch of Google Travel and Google Vacation Rental Ads, which reduce the prominence of our platform in organic search results for travel-related terms and placement on Google,” the prospectus states.

Airbnb explains SEO, or search engine optimization, as the practice of tailoring content to appear more prominently in search results without paying for placement.

“We focus on unpaid channels such as SEO,” the prospectus states. “SEO involves developing our platform in a way that enables a search engine to rank our platform prominently for search queries for which our platform’s content may be relevant. Changes to search engine algorithms or similar actions are not within our control, and could adversely affect our search-engine rankings and traffic to our platform.”

The company warns that continued problems with search rankings could force it to spend more on marketing.

“To the extent that our brand and platform are listed less prominently or fail to appear in search results for any reason, we would need to increase our paid marketing spend which would increase our overall customer acquisition costs and materially adversely affect our business, results of operations, and financial condition.”

The Justice Department filed its long-expected antitrust lawsuit against Alphabet last month, alleging the company has unlawfully maintained a monopoly in search by cutting off rivals from key distribution channels. Alphabet rebutted the argument, saying it has plenty of competitors and that its services help consumers.

Airbnb and Alphabet have one mutual board member, Ann Mather.

Airbnb’s statements follow other travel executives who have criticized Google’s effect on the travel industry. TripAdvisor CEO Stephen Kaufer, a longtime critic of Google, told CNBC last month that he welcomes the DOJ’s antitrust lawsuit against the Alphabet search unit, saying the company uses “its dominance in internet

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Airbnb Reveals Falling Revenue, With Travel Hit by Pandemic

SAN FRANCISCO — Airbnb, the home rental service that disrupted the travel industry and was itself disrupted by the coronavirus, took a major step toward one of the year’s largest initial public offerings when it revealed declining revenue and growing losses in a prospectus on Monday.

The offering, which could value Airbnb at more than $30 billion and raise as much as $3 billion, will test investors’ appetite for hospitality-related stocks in a year when the industry has been battered and its future is uncertain. The company provides a marketplace for people to rent their homes, taking a percentage of the fees, and facilitates bookings for activities.

Airbnb’s prospectus painted an optimistic picture, advertising its brand’s association with unique travel experiences. “We have helped millions of people satisfy a fundamental human need for connection,” the company said. “And it is through this connection that people can experience a greater sense of belonging.”

In total, Airbnb brought in $2.5 billion in revenue in the first nine months of the year, down from $3.7 billion a year earlier. Its net loss more than doubled during that period to $697 million. The company’s shrinking revenue means it cannot pitch Wall Street on the typical tech start-up narrative of soaring growth. It was the first time Airbnb provided a comprehensive look at its finances.

Airbnb was valued at $31 billion before the pandemic, but some investors bought shares valuing it at $18 billion after travel ground to a halt.

Airbnb follows a string of highly valued start-ups to the public market this year. Listing shares in recent months, to mixed reviews, were Palantir, a data company valued at $20 billion; Unity Technologies, a gaming software business worth $6.2 billion; Snowflake, a data storage start-up worth $12.4 billion; and Asana, a collaboration technology provider valued at $1.5 billion. On Friday, the delivery start-up DoorDash also revealed its finances in preparation for going public.

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How Airbnb is cracking down on vacation rental parties in Arizona

John Choi, opinion contributor
Published 6:01 a.m. MT Nov. 12, 2020


Opinion: Large parties at vacation rentals can compromise public health. Here’s what Airbnb is doing to stop them.

A new report from Airbnb said guests traveling to Tempe paid $53 a night on average while attending football games at Arizona State University this season, while visitors to Tucson paid on average $59 a night for games at the University of Arizona. (Photo: Chesnot, Getty Images)

Communities throughout Arizona have grappled for months with the many challenges posed by the unrelenting pandemic and its impact on our daily lives.

The Arizona hospitality industry – including hotels and vacation rentals – are providing valuable services to the community, from offering housing for first responders to simply providing an avenue for folks to get out of their homes and travel in a safe and socially distant manner.

However, with nightclubs and bars closed or operating at reduced capacity, a new public health challenge has emerged – large groups taking their parties into hospitality venues such as hotels and vacation rentals. From a 300-person party at a Paradise Valley vacation rental to a party-related shooting at a Phoenix hotel, some continue to ignore the realities of this pandemic and act without regard for their fellow Arizonans.

While I cannot speak for the entire Arizona hospitality industry, I can convey on behalf of Airbnb that we’ve heard from our Arizona host community, neighbors and elected officials, and want to be very clear: we have zero tolerance for this behavior. It is not only irresponsible, but downright dangerous. 

What Airbnb is doing to stop parties

We’ve taken a number of steps to address this issue head on. Most recently, we announced a global ban on parties and events at Airbnb listings and capped occupancy at 16 people. To enforce this rule, we’ve implemented steep consequences for hosts or guests who violate it – including bans from our community and even legal action.

In Arizona specifically, we suspended or removed more than 50 listings across 12 cities that received complaints or otherwise violated our policies on parties and events. This action addressed the small minority of hosts who hosted irresponsibly during this public health crisis, and was facilitated in part by neighbors who utilized our 24/7 Neighborhood Support Line to register their concerns.

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We take these concerns incredibly seriously and are committed to ensuring their voices translate into action.

Additionally, we restricted some guests under age 25 without a history of positive reviews from booking entire home listings locally. We also prohibited one-night reservations over the Halloween weekend in entire home listings in North America.

While online platforms can implement technology defenses to stop gatherings, this works best with complementing vigilance from people on the ground. There are steps that Arizona’s vacation rental host community and hotel staffers can take to identify parties ahead of time and stop them

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