In this week's top news, Executive Editor Dennis Schaal takes a closer look at the key players notably absent from Google's vacation rentals product, which launched last weekend.
In the run-up to 2020, when it may go public, will Airbnb make the leap and join Google's new business? Meanwhile, just three days following Google's announcement, Booking Holdings declared that its Agoda sub-brand would be removing its listings — and by midweek they had indeed disappeared. That means one of Google's largest customers has no listings whatsoever in the search engine's vacation rentals product.
If you'd like to take a deeper dive in the fast-evolving alternative accommodations ecosystem, join us at the first-ever Skift Short-Term Rental Summit on Dec. 5 in New York City. We look forward to seeing you there.