Excerpt from CNET
Expect to see more hotels on Airbnb, as the company attempts to lure them away from online travel booking sites.
Airbnb went up against the hotel industry last year, and now it\'s going after online travel booking sites, like Expedia and Booking.com.
The peer-to-peer home rental company posted an open letter on Tuesday aiming to woo bed-and-breakfasts and boutique hotels away from the online travel booking sites. It said their fees are much higher than what it offers. Airbnb also released a survey it commissioned, in which it says small hotel owners are dissatisfied with these sites.
\"Proprietors of these boutique hotels largely believe that the fees charged by third-party booking sites like Booking.com, Hotels.com and Expedia are too high,\" reads the survey, which was done by research firm David Binder Research. \"In addition, most are not aware that they are typically charged higher fees than big hotels on these platforms.\"
Over the past 10 years, Airbnb has gone from a Silicon Valley startup that let couch surfers rent out spare beds to an online travel booking site itself -- the main difference is it mostly lists personal homes, instead of hotel rooms. Airbnb now has roughly 4.5 million homes for rent in more than 81,000 cities. Travelers can also book day trips and restaurant reservations through the site, as well as vacation rentals, B&Bs and boutique hotels.
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