Marriott forays into short-term rental, gives Airbnb a run
Overall, Marriott's foray into vacation homes looks promising, and actually gives Airbnb a run for its rentals.
Marriott International said it had launched a six-month trial period with U.K.-based home rental company Hostmaker, adding some 200 homes across London to its offerings. You can see for yourself at TributePortfolioHomes.com, a site that appears to function a whole lot like Airbnb.
Marriott isn't the first major hotel chain to expand its portfolio with homeshare options: In August 2017, Hyatt invested in vacation rental company Oasis, adding 2,000 homes to its 700 hotels; with the newly renamed "Unbound Collection," Hyatt members can earn and spend points in big cities where the hotel chain previously didn't have a presence, like Barcelona and Rome. Meanwhile, AccorHotels—which has Fairmont, Sofitel, and Raffles under its umbrella—acquired luxury homeshare leader Onefinestay in 2016, adding 10,000 rentals.
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