Booking.com Has 5 Million Non-Hotel Listings, Topping Airbnbopens in new window
Booking.com, the flagship site of travel giant Booking Holdings Inc., said it has 5 million non-hotel listings. That’s more than Airbnb Inc., the highly valued startup credited with kicking off the recent trend of staying in peoples’ homes rather than hotels. Booking Holdings, which changed its name from Priceline Group Inc., said the number of apartments and vacation homes on Booking.com has grown 27 percent to 5 million in the last year. Airbnb, founded in 2008, said it has about 4.85 million, including an estimated 200,000 hotel rooms. Booking had previously only disclosed the number of non-hotel “properties” on its platform, which could have included multiple listings.
10
Apr
2018
www.bloomberg.com
Stay in a signature pink Toulouse property with hotel perksopens in new window
Design detail: According to new Booking.com research, four in 10 people (39%) say the interior design of their accommodation is the most important factor when choosing where they stay, with over a third (34%) saying that rental homes such as apartments or cottages are preferable because of their unique interior décor. It also reveals that more than half (56%) of travellers return from holiday so enthused by their holiday accommodation that they are inspired to undertake interior design work to their own home.
10
Apr
2018
www.standard.co.uk
Travel Industry Eyes Blockchain Potential for Fees, Delays, Lost Bagsopens in new window
Booking.com CEO Gillian Tans said blockchain could make it easier for the company to connect to properties and attractions. "Eventually customers will benefit from that as well," she told Reuters.
10
Apr
2018
www.nytimes.com
Booking.com boasts more listings than Airbnb (and its AI bot is rocking)opens in new window
Travel giant Booking.com says with 5 million “reported listings” it now tops Airbnb’s reported 4.5 million. Booking.com also says the number of homes, apartments, and places it lists is 27 percent higher than last year. The announcement is part of the company’s switch to “reported listings” — from “total properties” — in an effort to emphasize that it competes directly with Airbnb. Until now, Booking.com has been perceived as mainly offering hotel listings, a perception it is aggressively trying to change.
10
Apr
2018
venturebeat.com
Could one of these destinations be where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle go on honeymoon?opens in new window
All eyes are on the UK’s Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle thanks to their impending wedding, and honeymoon destination rumours are also beginning to swirl. While speculation is growing that the happy couple are planning a ‘mini moon’ in Ireland after their 19 May wedding in England, accommodation site, Booking.com, has decided it’s the perfect time to take some holiday inspiration from the British Royal Family.
06
Apr
2018
www.lonelyplanet.com