Airbnb is Opening a Hotel (yes, really): How it Works and What it Means

One of the most amazing facts about Airbnb is that, despite being more valuable than any hotel chain in the world, it has no physical inventory. The company provides branding, online infrastructure, a booking platform, and a quality control system — but all of its properties and rooms belong to other people. The fact that Airbnb has seen such astronomical growth and valuation without owning a single building makes you wonder how this business model wasn’t exploited sooner.

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The REAL Renovation Rescue: 3 Ways to Improve Your Hotel Without Spending Millions (And How It Improves Your Bottom Line)

How far are hotel investors willing to go in order to bring out the best in their properties? In 2013, the El Encanto in Santa Barbara re-opened after a top-to-bottom renovation that took seven years and AUD $170 million to complete. The following year, Loews Regency Hotel in Manhattan opened after a $127 million refresh. And just last year, in 2017, Le Lutetia in Paris welcomed guests after a $174 million renovation of its own.

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How Do Boutique Hotels Benefit From the Rise of the Soft Brand?

Have you noticed all the new brands in the supermarket lately? Words like natural, non-GMO and farm-to-table abound. It almost looks like the old guard has been replaced by modern and ethical food producers.

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