August 06, 2018

Airbnb quietly borrowing ideas from the hotel industry


Airbnb is looking more and more like a disrupter that’s maturing and, in some ways, looking to the very industry it disrupted for guidance, and a path to follow.

While many in the travel industry might view Airbnb as simply a homesharing platform, or just another online travel agency like Booking and Expedia, the San Francisco-based company is realizing it has to be more than just a marketplace.

A case in point: the Airbnb Friendly Buildings Program, and the new tools for landlords and property managers that it plans to unveil.

These tools will let apartment landlords and building managers have more control over how their residents homeshare, such as setting caps on how often a unit might be rented or including building rules in Airbnb listings.

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