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Airbnb to pay hosts $250 mn for COVID-19 cancellations

San Francisco - Airbnb on Monday said it is devoting $250 million to help would-be hosts survive financial losses from refunds given to guests who cancelled travel plans due to the coronavirus pandemic.

French hotels protest 'outrageous' Airbnb-Olympics deal

Biarritz - French hotel owners assailed Airbnb on Wednesday over its new partnership with the International Olympic Committee, warning they would stop working on the planning for the Paris 2024 summer Games to protest against what they call an unfair competitor.

Airbnb host offers $4,600 'experience' of mock Amazon interview

A former Amazon executive turned Airbnb host in Seattle is offering people the chance to attend a mock interview for a job at Amazon.

As families flee Paris, fingers point at Airbnb

Paris - The bells will ring for the last time this week at Vaugirard elementary school in central Paris, the latest school in the city to close as spiralling property prices drive families out of the capital.

Calls for Airbnb users to shut accounts over Israeli settlements

Ramallah - Campaigners called on supporters of the Palestinian cause to at least temporarily deactivate their Airbnb accounts on Wednesday to protest its listings in settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Marriott's to roll out new Airbnb-style program

Marriott has announced plans to launch a new Airbnb-style homesharing program, to be called Marriott Homes & Villas. This has been tested out in several European cities, and the full scheme launches in May 2019.

Airbnb denies Israel claim it shelved settlement ban

Jerusalem - Online bookings platform Airbnb on Monday denied a claim by Israel's tourism minister that it had reversed a decision to stop listing accommodation in settlements in the occupied West Bank.

After Airbnb, calls for to remove West Bank listings

Jerusalem - Human Rights Watch on Tuesday urged to follow the example of Airbnb and withdraw listings for rentals located in settlements in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Airbnb says quarterly revenue topped $1 bn

San Francisco - Airbnb said Friday it took in more than a billion dollars in revenue in the past three months, calling it the best quarter ever for the home-sharing giant as it readies a stock market offering.

Airbnb hits back at Paris ban threat

Cape Town - Rent-a-room giant Airbnb on Wednesday accused the Paris official seeking to ban the service in the city of electioneering and insisted it enjoys widespread support in the French capital.

EU warns Airbnb to obey rules or risk fines

Apo - The European Union on Monday warned holiday rental site Airbnb to bring consumer terms in line with the bloc's rules or risk financial penalties.

European tourist magnets hit back as Airbnb turns 10

France - Facing competition from Airbnb, which will celebrate a decade this summer, top European attractions such as Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin and Barcelona are out to revamp their own offerings.

From cash-strapped roommates to Airbnb billionaires

San Francisco - A decade ago a pair of San Francisco roommates decided to make rent money by using air mattresses to turn their place into a bed-and-breakfast when a conference in the city made hotel rooms scarce.

Airbnb, Uber woes show Japan does not share easily

Apo - Thousands of Airbnb reservations scrapped, Uber reduced to delivering food: life is hard in Japan for giants of the sharing economy, stuck between tough regulation and popular suspicion.

Paris to sue Airbnb over undeclared listings

Paris - Paris is taking home-sharing giant Airbnb to court for failing to remove ads from people who have not properly declared their properties, city authorities said Thursday.

Barcelona, Airbnb reach deal after months of conflict

Barcelona - Homesharing website Airbnb will remove adverts for lodgings in Barcelona that lack permits to host tourists under a deal reached Wednesday with city authorities after months of dispute.

Airbnb imposes limit on London home rentals

London - Airbnb will impose a 90-day limit on the sharing of private homes in London, the home rentals website has revealed amid fears over the British capital's housing market.

Airbnb is trying more self-regulation in New York

New York City - Airbnb has introduced a measure that allows hosts in San Francisco to rent only one property. The company has sent a proposal for New York that has a similar provision.

San Francisco proposes 60 day cap on all Airbnb rentals

San Francisco - San Francisco is proposing a legislation that would cap out the total number of days a housing unit can be rented out as a short term rental. The number of days would be capped at 60 per year.

Uber, Airbnb workers to benefit from new S.F. janitors contract

San Francisco - Workers for web-enabled car and home rental services will be paid more under a deal with San Francisco's janitors' union negotiated with the help of the city's mayor.

States can't fight Airbnb, so they are trying to tax it

A lot of states have come to understand that they can't completely get rid of Airbnb. However, a few states have decided to make money off of the home-sharing site by taxing it.

Airbnb is suing San Francisco over new rental laws

San Francisco - Airbnb chose to fight. In June, San Francisco essentially backed Airbnb into a corner, asking the startup to comply with tougher rental legislation or face daily fines.

Berlin bans entire apartment rentals on Airbnb

Berlin - As of May, people in Berlin can face up to a fine of $115,000 if they rent out their full apartments on Airbnb under a new law.

Airbnb will let neighbors file complaints about awful renters

Airbnb is planning to launch a new feature which will allow neighbors of unruly renters to lodge complaints directly to Airbnb.

Weekend rental property near Paris came with a decomposed corpse

Palaiseau - A group of friends, most in their twenties, rented a house in the town of Palaiseau, just 17 kilometers or 10 miles south of Paris for a weekend party, using the popular on-line house-sharing service Airbnb.

Airbnb allegedly purged 1,000+ New York listings to rig survey

New York City - According to a report released Wednesday, Airbnb may have removed over 1,000 listings from its site in order to rig a survey.

Airbnb under fire for 'illegal' West Bank listings

Jerusalem - Palestinian officials pledged to take action Tuesday against Airbnb over rooms for rent in settlements in the occupied West Bank being listed on the website as located within Israel.

A chance to sleep in the eerie Paris Catacombs on Halloween

Paris - Tired of the same old, same old each year? Airbnb is offering the chance to sleep in the Paris Catacombs on Halloween night as the ultimate scary experience.

Woman in San Diego must pay $15K fine over Airbnb rentals

San Diego - A woman in San Diego has to pay a fine of $15,000 for operating AirBnb rentals. The original fine was more than $20,000, but it was reduced.

Man known for spy gadgets selling Airbnb party protection kit

2014 has been an amazing year for Airbnb. The site that lets you rent your home to strangers over the internet has become insanely popular, serving over 20 million guests in 800,000 listings in 34,000 cities.
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