Post by High Priestess on Oct 15, 2015 11:48:28 GMT
Peter shared Oct 12 2015
Has Airbnb Gone Soft?
"Work with hotels? Isn’t Airbnb supposed to be competing against them? Instead, Conley has been speaking to hoteliers at a London hotels investment conference. He‘s even suggesting that Airbnb could one day partner with some of them."
"'So when it comes to the question of what’s our relationship like with the hotel industry and how Airbnb and hotels can complement each other, I think that Airbnb and hotels can have a symbiotic relationship potentially.
'I don’t think that Airbnb, either before I arrived or since I have been there, has ever had a perspective of wanting to be adversarial to the hotel industry.
'We really have not said that hotels are a bad lodging choice. We’ve tried to be as collaborative as possible."
My two cents: This is based on an interview with Chip Conley, Airbnb's Head of Hospitality, The article's title is a bit disingenuous since it assumes a premise Chip rejects - namely, that it has ever been Airbnb's mission to compete head-on with hotels. As Chip explains, the relationship is much more collaborative.