More than 10 years ago, the short-term home rental industry began to shapeshift with the birth of Airbnb.
The technology company has quickly grown from a small peer-to-peer home-sharing platform into a virtual behemoth with more rooms than any hotel company on the planet.
Today, Airbnb has more than 4 million listings in nearly 100,000 cities, and two million people stay in an Airbnb-listed home every night.
In this episode, we examine the impact of Airbnb’s growth on U.S. hotel performance. It’s big topic, so we broke it down into two parts.
In this first installment, we talk to Makarand Mody, an assistant professor at Boston University’s School of Hospitality Administration and co-author of the academic paper on Airbnb’s disruptive impact in key hotel markets. We hear from Hans Detlefsen of Hotel Appraisers and Advisors, which studied Airbnb’s market share of U.S. lodging demand, and from Thomas O’Shaughnessy, head of research at Clever Real Estate, an online agency. We also share information provided by Airbnb, which declined to provide someone to interview.
Ginny Morrison of Evanston, Illinois, is a 33-year veteran of Spire Hospitality, a hotel management company with a portfolio that spans coast-to-coast. As vice president of sales and marketing, Morrison saw the coronavirus pandemic decimate the meetings business. More than a year later, she’s witnessing a comeback as small-meeting planners are actively booking events for the last half of 2021 and beyond. As public health agencies expand COVID-19 vaccination programs across the U.S. and states ease up on public-gathering restrictions designed to keep the virus at bay, the hotel industry is seeing small meetings begin a comeback. In Episode 317, Long Live Lodging covers the state of the small-meetings sector and how hotels can grab their share of the meetings business during and post-pandemic. This report is part of our ongoing coverage about the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the hospitality industry.
The Hunter Hotel Investment Conference will be the industry’s first large event to be held during the coronavirus pandemic. The Atlanta event will be a hybrid format of in-person and virtual access, also an industry first. Lee Hunter, chairman of the conference, knows the level of expectation is high among other conference planners as well as industry professionals eager to network after more than a yearlong hiatus. Episode 316 of Lodging Leaders podcast features Hunter as he tells what it takes to re-launch the industry’s conference circuit amid the COVID-19 outbreak.