Airbnb has grown immensely, surpassing Hyatt in terms of company value. Home sharing is rampant with lots of competitors in the space. But, should it be regulated? Should homeowners looking to rent out a room be required to pay some sort of lodging tax?
The Best of the Rest is my effort to summarize all the travel/miles & points stories that interested me on a daily basis but didn’t have time to write about in length. Culled from over 100 blogs/authors I follow, some are passed along without comment, while I add my analysis to others. This is your shortcut to find out what’s going on in the travel world without having to read dozens of travel blogs to get all the best info.
Hyatt’s CEO, Mark Hoplamazian, gets candid about a number of key topics in the hotel industry. He talks about loyalty, the upcoming merger of Marriott and Starwood, and where he thinks Hyatt is going in the future.
Airbnb has taken the travel industry by storm with more than a million total rooms under their control. But, there are safety factors to consider when you’re preparing to stay in one of their rooms.
In case you missed it, here’s the Pizza Week in Review, including posts on Uber in Hong Kong, TripAdvisor hopping into bed with Marriott, the crazy valuations for Uber and Airbnb, American Airlines getting scolded for doing the right thing and more….
Uber and Airbnb are two of the most successful travel startups in recent memory. They’ve signed up tons of customers, opening up new markets on a ferocious pace. And, they keep raising cash to fuel that growth. But, are they really worth as much as they say they are?