In the Western wilderness, crowds of vacation renters are pricing out locals

Dec 21, 2021
Locals who live near national parks, like Joshua Tree, are seeing more and more housing stock become lucrative short-term rentals.
Tiffany Hopkins searches for new rental listings after hearing she has to be out of her triplex in Yucca Valley before Christmas. Hopkins has heard the property will be converted to short-term rentals.
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Airbnb takes a more conciliatory approach to communities

Nov 4, 2021
Where once the company fought regulations, now its pre-empting them with its own policies designed to curb bad behavior by renters.
Airbnb announced an extension of its ban on house parties this week.
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More vacation rentals in Hawaii mean needed revenue and upset neighbors

Aug 11, 2021
Some locals are upset with tourists causing disruptions in normally quiet neighborhoods.
Houses in Oahu, Honolulu, Hawaii are seen in June 2010. Though vacation home rentals are a boost to Hawaii's economy, they've also upset some area residents.
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Security concerns take toll on pandemic-ravaged Washington businesses

Jan 14, 2021
Instead of an inauguration boost, businesses in and around the nation's capital plan to curtail hours or even close.
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Airbnb raises price target for its IPO

Dec 7, 2020
After huge losses in the spring, the short-term rental platform is profitable again.
Airbnb was planning an IPO back in March, but the pandemic threw a wrench in that plan.
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Airbnb begins process to go public

The company is using provisions of a 2012 law to keep its inner workings secret for now.
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Airbnb gets a boost from close-to-home getaways

Jul 15, 2020
But low-cost summer vacations don't generate much profit for the company.
The company said most of its bookings have been in remote locations with guests only coming from a couple hundred miles away.
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Airbnb is cutting around 25% of its global workforce

The company is trying to readjust to whatever the post-pandemic travel industry will look like.
Nearly 1,900 people are going to lose their jobs.
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Airbnb faces protests in Athens

Dec 10, 2019
Protesters against the platform in the Greek capital have taken things up a notch.
In 10 years, the Greek capital has experienced a doubling in the number of visitors.
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Picnic with a pig or visit with a llama? Airbnb now offers "animal experiences"

Nov 26, 2019
Airbnb is inviting animal owners to host guests for “animal experiences."
Llama farmer Sarah McGovern prepares one her llamas, Jasmin, for a walk. Airbnb "experiences" guests can take a llama on a hike to a nearby creek.
Sammy Caiola