Last week, part one of our report on Airbnb looked at the home-sharing giant’s impact on hotel business performance. We reported on a study that shows for every 100 percent increase in Airbnb accommodations in a market, hotel RevPAR declines by an average 3 percent.
We also reported a growth in the number of whole houses on online distribution channels as homes become “investor units.”
Meantime, more everyday homeowners have warmed up to the idea of making some extra money by sharing their digs with short-term travelers.
This week, in part two, we explore what’s good and smart about Airbnb and how hotels can successfully vie for travelers’ bookings and loyalty. We also take a look at new lodging trends spurred by the home-sharing movement.
We talk to Leslie James, head of marketing at AirDNA, a data research platform for the home-sharing industry. We hear from Paul Breslin of Horwath HTL and Mark Woodworth of CBRE Hotels Americas Research about the new generation of travelers driving the home-sharing trend. We also talk more with Makarand Mody, a researcher and assistant professor at Boston University School of Hospitality Administration who has published several studies about Airbnb and the home-sharing phenomenon. And with Hans Detlefsen of Hotel Appraisers and Advisors, who has ideas about hotel companies adopting some Airbnb business practices.
A year ago, Darshan Patel, CEO of Hotel Investment Group in San Diego, California, was one of the first hoteliers in the U.S. to step up and offer properties to overwhelmed hospitals seeking places to care for COVID and non-COVID patients as well as vulnerable populations. As the crisis eases and Hotel Investment Group works to return the hotels to business, Patel is negotiating with local governments to pay for the wear and tear on the properties. Patel is not alone as many hoteliers are unexpectedly dealing with problems that state and local governments’ urgent decisions have created, including property damage, increased costs and eviction bans. This report is the second in a two-part series examining the pros and cons of opening hotels to alternative uses during the pandemic. It is part of Long Live Lodging’s special coverage of the coronavirus crisis and its impact on the hospitality industry.
Dhruv Patel, president of Ridgemont Hospitality, in October shared a bittersweet moment with his parents, Pravin and Sima Patel, when the family business sold the first motel that Pravin had built from the ground up more than 30 years ago. But they rest assured knowing it was the right decision because the 22-room property is being converted into affordable housing for military veterans at risk of homelessness. The transaction is among hundreds taking place across the U.S. as state and local governments work with non-profit agencies to create affordable housing solutions for vulnerable populations amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In Episode 310 Long Live Lodging reports on the financial and legal aspects of what it takes to convert a hotel into long-term housing. This report is part of Long Live Lodging’s special coverage of the coronavirus crisis and its impact on the hospitality industry.