Airbnb, the lodging service that provides a platform for homeowners to offer their private properties to paid guests, has long been thought of as a hotel industry disruptor. That threat seems to be growing as headlines recently revealed that the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA), a hotel industry trade group, has been increasing its lobbying efforts in trying to get more regulation in place that would staunch the rise of Airbnb and similar services. Airbnb management responded in a scathing open letter to the AHLA.
However, while focus on the lodging industry and regulation around it is heating up, Airbnb is quickly expanding its business in a way that should put more industries than hotels on alert. Here’s why companies in other industries, such as Expedia, Priceline, and TripAdvisor, should be watching Airbnb’s growth closely as well. Image source: Getty Images. Airbnb “Trips” gains steam
Airbnb announced its new “Trips” feature in November, the first major expansion from the company’s main business of providing a private residence booking platform. The main feature of Trips is “Experiences,” which are usually guided tours or other adventures that allow users to experience unique […]