Beenest, boats and brothels: Airbnb news runs the gamut this week, from an opportunity for Superhosts interested in the blockchain to Airbnb’s crackdown on human trafficking.
Jasper is joined by Hostfully CEO Margot Lee Schmorak to discuss the diverse headlines in home sharing. They begin with the ‘Airbnb of the Seas,’ a European platform called Click&Boat, exploring its value for boat-owners—who only utilize their investment an average of ten days per year! They go on to cover Airbnb’s efforts to identify and report traffickers who use rentals to mask illegal activity.
Margot and Jasper share the dramatic decrease in San Francisco listings since regulations went into effect, the Mashable comparison between the Airbnb and VRBO platforms, and the 11 reasons why people STILL don’t use Airbnb. Listen in for the details of an opportunity for Superhosts interested in participating in the Bee Token beta test and get informed about what’s going on in the world of Airbnb!
Article #1: Setting Sail with the ‘Airbnb of the Seas’
- European boat sharing platform
- 150K members, 22K boats in 30 countries
- €55/day for small sailboat on low end
- €250K/week for super yacht with captain
Article #2: Airbnb Cracks Down on Sex Trafficking
- Technology to expose ‘pop-up brothels’
- Traffickers use rentals to mask illegal activity
- Data from Polaris to spot and report patterns
- Airbnb also adding hotel rooms to platform
- Airbnb listings dropped from 8,750 to 4,191
- FlipKey’s listings fell from 401 to 78
- HomeAway more than halved to 509
- Press likely to focus less on # of listings
- Bee Token seeks to become Airbnb on blockchain
- Beta testing platform with experienced Superhosts
- 38% prefer hotel services
- 38% uncomfortable staying in someone’s home
- 37% prefer hotel property amenities, 36% prefer hotel room amenities
- 34% say ‘option never occurred to me’
- VRBO more traditional, no private rooms or shared spaces
- Airbnb hosts pay 3% fee, VRBO hosts pay 8% OR annual fee of $499
- VRBO has better suite of filters
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