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

Ubud Food Festival

May 11, 2017 by  
Filed under Indonesia, News

BANGKOK, 11 May 2017: Airbnb is introducing its Indonesian properties with a food theme to gain travellers’ attention during the Ubud Food Festival, 12 to 14 May.

Themed “Every flavour is a story”, Ubud Food Festival is now in its third edition offering food fanatics an opportunity to explore Asia’s top dished during the three-day event.

It draws top chefs, restaurateurs and celebrated culinary icons from Indonesia and around Asia. Read more

THA in the dark

April 11, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 11 April 2017: Thai Hotels Association says an in-depth study is needed to monitor online travel agency (OTA) developments and the potential impact of Airbnb on local hotels.

THA says the country needs concrete rules and regulations for these two segments, often called disruptive technology, due to their impact on traditional business models.

THA president, Supawan Tanomkieatipum, told TTR Weekly that OTAs are a selling channel that is making gains from selling rooms in hotels that are unregistered and illegal. Read more

Airbnb changes name in China

March 23, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

SHANGHAI, 23 March 2017: Airbnb, the home rentals website, said on Wednesday it would double its investment in China, triple its workforce there and change its name to “Aibiying” in Chinese.

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky said the name, which translates to “Welcome each other with love”, reflected the company’s commitment to succeeding in the country.

“There’s a whole new generation of Chinese travellers who want to see the world in a different way,” Chesky said at a launch event in Shanghai. Read more

Airbnb raises fresh funding

March 10, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

SAN FRANCISCO, 10 March 2017: Airbnb raised more than a billion dollars in a fresh funding round that valued the home-sharing startup at USD31 billion, a source close to the company told AFP Thursday.

Airbnb added USD448 million to the USD555 million in funding it took in last year, according to a filing Thursday with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

Airbnb became profitable in the second half of last year before accounting for interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation, according to the source. Read more

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