Airbnb vs. Booking.com: who will win the online accomodation battle?

The article was written by Mario Gariva, source

In Airbnb´s 10 years' history, the company has proven to be a phenomenal competitor that has profoundly disrupted the global accommodation market. Their ambition to keep reshaping the travel industry in the coming years seems to be limitless.

To date, Airbnb already offers more than 24,000 boutique hotel listings on the platform. This might only represent around 5 percent of their 4.5 million listings, but they are 100% instantly bookable. 1.9 million properties were available for instantly booking out a total 4 million listings in August 2017, and the company claimed that 70% of all new listings were using this facility (most likely spurred by the fact that share of hotels and Bed-and-Breakfast newcomers is higher than individual properties). We can deduce that the total number of instantly bookable properties on Airbnb today is likely to be north of 2.2 million, hotel inventory representing approx 10% of the total.

Despite boutique hotels being typically smaller than traditional hotels, the room capacity of these type of lodgings will still on average more than double the number of rooms offered by private accommodations. Therefore it seems reasonable to assume that the weight of hotels exceeds 20% of the total Airbnb instantly bookable room inventory.

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