Airbnb Faces New Challenge With Google Vacation Rental Biz and 10 Other Top Hospitality Stories This Week


Skift analyzes the potential pros and cons if Airbnb were to join Google’s new vacation rentals business — which the homesharing giant notably has not to date. Pictured is an Airbnb property in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Airbnb

Skift Take: This week in hospitality, it’s a tricky business for Airbnb as the company confronts Google’s new vacation rental business. Meanwhile, we take a look at how tourism and the hospitality sector are faring in the Dominican Republic following a lethal summer.

— Jasmine Ganaishlal

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Third-Party Excursions Popular With Cruisers and 14 Other Top Tourism Stories This Week

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Cruise lines have faced more competition from third-party companies as cruisers prefer independent tours over their excursions. Walking tours along Amsterdam’s streets, pictured here, are an example of such excursions. Nicolas Vigier / Flickr

Skift Take: This week in tourism, cruise lines are feeling the heat as third-party company tours become more of a hit with passengers and travel advisors. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia’s new tourism frontier is put to the test as the kingdom loosens restrictions in a bid to bring in more non-Muslim visitors.

— Jasmine Ganaishlal

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In-Flight Seatback Screens May Be Going Extinct

Kiyoshi Ota  / Bloomberg

Images of the seatback screens on an Airbus A350 aircraft in 2017. U.S. carriers are split on whether single-aisle fleets need them, but all agree that better Wi-Fi means less need for seatback screens. Kiyoshi Ota / Bloomberg

Skift Take: U.S. carriers are split on whether single-aisle fleets need seatback screens. Consumer tastes are changing as in-flight Wi-Fi quality improves.

— Sean O’Neill

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Iconic Boutique Hotelier Liz Lambert Out at Standard’s Bunkhouse Group

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Bunkhouse Group founder Liz Lamber will leave the company later this month. Matthew Johnson

Skift Take: Standard Hotels buying into Bunkhouse Group seemed like a perfect match, one boutique hotel innovator investing in another. The goodwill seems to have soured since then and it is difficult to know exactly what happens to the Bunkhouse brand without its founder.

— Andrew Sheivachman

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