Singapore cracks down on Airbnb

December 8, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 8 December 2017: Two men have been charged in Singapore with illegally renting out apartments on Airbnb, the first such prosecutions in the city-state under new rules, local media reported Wednesday.

Regulations introduced in May ban homeowners from leasing property for less than three months without approval from authorities, meaning many short-term rentals on Airbnb should be illegal.

Housing policy is tightly controlled in space-starved Singapore, where 80% of the population lives in public housing which is subsidised by the government. Read more

Airbnb sees ‘experiences’ take shape

November 28, 2017 by  
Filed under Travel Logs

BANGKOK, 28 November 2017: Airbnb has opened for bookings three new Asia Pacific trips ‘experiences’ in Melbourne, Bali, and Hong Kong.

Launched globally in November 2016, there are now more than 3,100 Airbnb Experiences offered in over 40 cities, worldwide, 600 of which are in APAC.

Airbnb Experience hosts have earned more than THB204 million to date, while  booked Experiences in APAC have grown 14 times since January 2017. Tokyo is one of the top five most popular global markets for bookings. Read more

Japanese fair trade raids Airbnb

November 21, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

TOKYO, 21 November 2017: Anti-monopoly officials raided Airbnb’s offices in Japan, the home-sharing giant confirmed at the weekend, while denying any wrongdoing.

Japan’s Fair Trade Commission reportedly carried out the raids over suspicions Airbnb was requiring users to sign exclusively with its site and cut ties with other agencies.

“Airbnb Japan received an on-site inspection by the Japan Fair Trade Commission and we are cooperating with the Commission’s ongoing investigation,” the company said in a statement. Read more

Seniors shine hosting Airbnb

November 1, 2017 by  
Filed under ASEAN, Hospitality, News

BANGKOK, 1 November 2017: Old people, the seniors of the world, were the focus of attention on the UN’s International Day of Older Persons, 30 October.

It was billed as an opportunity to celebrate the older people in our lives, and to acknowledge the impact they have on our families, communities and societies.

Ironically, this year’s theme “Stepping into the Future”, focuses on what seniors might feel they lack most; a future. Read more

Home sharing giant joins PATA

October 11, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 11 October  2017 – Airbnb has signalled its intention to work with Asia’s travel and hospitality by joining the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA).

Airbnb joins Pata as a member in the hospitality ranks effective this month.

Earlier TripAdvisor joined PATA and its head of destination marketing Asia Pacific, Sarah Mathews, is now chairperson of the association’s executive board. Read more

Airbnb: Food for thought survey

September 25, 2017 by  
Filed under TRENDING

BANGKOK, 25 September 2017: According to Airbnb Asia Pacific’s regional travel survey, travellers are getting more adventurous with food and activities.

The APAC survey showed 71% of people emphasised the importance of trying local food while on vacation, and six out of 10 (59%) travellers keen to try new experiences or activities.

The findings prompted Airbnb to partner with four high profile chefs: Ian Kittichai (Thailand); Manish Mehrotra (India); Tony Yoo (South Korea); and Koh Kentetsu (Japan) for the Airbnb Kitchens of Asia initiative. Read more

Airbnb enters work space

September 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 14 September 2017: Airbnb, a so-called community-driven hospitality company, announced it has signed leading companies in Asia Pacific to boost its business travel sector bookings.

Among the latest signings is  Hyundai Motor Company, Culture Convenience Club Co Ltd, which will offer Airbnb home sharing within its corporate travel options.

The Global Business Travel Association estimates that APAC accounts for the largest proportion (40%)[1] of the global USD$1.2 trillion business travel spend, and with overall market expected to grow by 3.7% per year over the next decade. Read more

What will not happen in travel

August 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, TRENDING

BANGKOK, 22 August 2017: Usually experts are telling us what will happen and how to adapt to the every changing travel scene.

This time round, Mike Murray, founder of the hotel booking app Vir.al, predicts what will definitely not happen.

Perhaps a mite tongue-in-cheek, Murray underscores the gulf between hotels and OTAs and the fact that OTAs are happy with the status quo. Read more

Airbnb offers for Sea Games

August 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Malaysia, News

KUALA LUMPUR 16 August 2017: After a 16-year break, Malaysia is once again set to host the Southeast Asian Games.

Held from 19 to 30 August in Kuala Lumpur, the region’s biggest multi-sporting event will feature sporting talent from 11 Southeast Asian countries.

This year’s event, held at Bukit Jalil National Stadium, should boost guest arrivals in the area adjacent to the stadium by an estimated 2,000 guest arrivals during the SEA Games. Read more

Too much tourism hurts

June 26, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

BARCELONA, 26 June 2017: Tourism has become the main issue of concern for Barcelona’s residents ahead of unemployment, according to a survey published Friday by the city hall of the popular seaside resort.

Rising rental prices, noise and crowds jostling for space in the streets, the disappearance of traditional, every-day stores have all become irritants for those who still live in the central districts of the Mediterranean city, which gets millions of visitors every year.

According to the survey, tourism in this 1.6-million-strong city was considered a problem by 19% of the 800 people polled, overtaking unemployment and working conditions which came in at 12.4% and had since 2009 always been the top concern. Read more

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