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Week of June the 17th

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Airbnb: Guests Contributed $411 Million To S'pore Economy In 2017, 85% Of Listings Outside 'Tourist Zones'

Short-term rentals via platforms like Airbnb is a highly polarising issue in various countries around the world. In Japan, Airbnb needed to suspend “a large majority” of its listings at the start of June, in light of a new law that requires homeowners to obtain a government registration number, limit stays to 180 days a year, and be subject to additional restrictions by local governments. Locally, Parliament passed a law last February which made it illegal for private residential owners to rent out their apartments or rooms on a short-term basis (i.e. for less than 3 months).

10 of the most stunning wine estate listings on Airbnb

Since Airbnb launched in 2008, it has become easy to browse and book any number of boutique, unique and luxury retreats around the world. From sleek airstream trailers, penthouse suites, seaside slumbers, luxurious tree houses and wooded retreats, Airbnb has the lot.

The opportunities afforded by the platform to the wine industry have not been missed. As the interest in and potential for wine tourism continues to grow, an increasing number of wineries, big and small, are choosing not to open a hotel or formal hospitality business as such, but simply offer up a slice of their estate for rent.

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Gov't Urged To Regulate Airbnb's Operation In Malaysia

The Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) urged the government to abolish the RM10 per room per night tourism tax and regulate Airbnb to level the playing field for all stakeholders in the industry.MAH President Cheah Swee Hee said the abolition of the tourism tax and regulation of Airbnb were among the issues discussed during a meeting with the Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) in Menara Ilham, reported the News Straits Times. “Yes, we discussed the tourism tax. We got to find a solution to that. It has to be fair to everybody, because at the moment with a flat rate, we are not encouraging long stay because you are charging customers every night. So, they (hoteliers) are finding a solution to that,” he said.

Why Airbnb Is A Dark Horse In Live Music's Intimate Future

Many people think of Airbnb as the poster child for disruption: leveraging the sharing economy to democratize participation in the travel & hospitality marketplace, turning those industries on their heads. Now, the $31 billion startup is building a similar business case for music—and no one in the traditional music industry seems to be looking.

In November 2016, Airbnb expanded beyond its core Homes business with the launch of Experiences, a highly-curated platform through which travelers can book single- and multi-day activities and excursions with locals. At the 2018 Code Conference last month, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky revealed that the Experiences product is growing 10 times faster than Homes, with the former reaching 1.5 million bookings a year.

Why Airbnb Is Losing The Branding Fight Against Hotels

Airbnb might be approaching $100 million in annual revenue, but it’s ignoring an existential threat that has the potential to fundamentally destroy its revenue model. It’s a lesson in messaging and crisis PR that no entrepreneur or marketing professional should ignore.

Pick any city that attracts tourists and you will hear about municipalities cracking down on Airbnb. They want to make it illegal to rent your home for fewer than 30 days. It’s as if these laws are written by the hotel trade industry — and that’s the first PR mistake that Airbnb is making with messaging.

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