Post by High Priestess on Jan 2, 2016 19:07:17 GMT
I don't think it's a hoax-- it's an ad. Anyone with sufficient brains will easily realize that they don't need to book ramada inn or Hyatt regency thru Airbnb. They can just google ramada inn Los Angeles and get the direct contact info and not need Airbnb. So as I see it the point of having an ad on Airbnb is not to get bookings through there, but to try to lure guests to go to them instead if going to any real hosts in Los Angeles.
Post by Olivier François on Jan 3, 2016 10:24:26 GMT
Hi everybody, best wishes for 2016. In France we had many articles about hôtels avertising on Airbnb. What's happen is about booking fees. On airbnb guests pays fees while on booking or expedia hotels pays 15/20%. It's a huge difference and for business which average benefit is about 5%. During last year holidays, slow season, the only airbnb rooms available in the area were hotels ones (litle and charming ones but hotels).
Post by Olivier François on Jan 4, 2016 8:43:01 GMT
Hi Deborah, if I remember an article about hôtel economy, here in France the average occupancy is about 70% and many hôtels always have empty rooms. They made their annual benefit only having these 30% occupied even at 50% of the official price. With booking or airbnb they are making great discounts to have these 30% occupied. Last month I book an hotel room with 40% discount with airbnb regarding their official online price. Nobody want to pay fees but everybody is ok with clients they wouldn't have without platforms like booking or expedia. And now many people use only booking to have an hotel at a lower price than official one.
This is a reality folks. Portland hotels are also listing on Airbnb, and there will be more in other destinations. It's because of places like booking.com and expedia, orbitz, etc, which charge large commissions on hotel rooms - 10% and up. The smaller hotels are happy to pay Airbnb's mere 3%. And of course, Airbnb wants them. They say it is perfectly reasonable if the property clearly lists itself as a hotel. My issue with it is that the hotels routinely come up high in the listing sequence. Another reason to become listing site independent. Don't put all your eggs in the Airbnb basket!