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Alternative accommodation held back by fears over trust

Alternative accommodation held back by fears over trust | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

Nearly 9 out of 10 travellers have rented or stayed in a stranger's property for a trip, with concerns over identity of owners cited as significant factor. Over 2,000 consumers in the US and UK were interviewed for the report from HooYu, with only 12% of Brits and 15% of Americans saying they have used an alternative accommodation option for their travels. The figures are lower, 6% and 10% for the UK and US respectively, for those specifically renting a room for a trip in somebody's home. Some 29% of Brits would never rent someone else's property for a trip with assurance over the owner's identity (the figure is 24% for Americans). Find out more.

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Booking.com predicts alternative accommodation to overtake hotel stays

Booking.com predicts alternative accommodation to overtake hotel stays | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

Booking.com has predicted that non-hotel bookings will rise to outweigh traditional stays for business travellers in some countries. The analysis comes in a series of predictions that the online travel agency has argued could hit the world of travel during 2016. Booking.com believes the industry will see further radical evolution in business travel next year, with travellers taking advantage of more customised, connected and responsive products and services. It argues that location will remain the most important element of a decision but alternative accommodation such as self-catering and homestays will overtake the number of bookings of hotels. Booking.com argues the change will be driven by the need of travellers for enhanced services, smart knowledge and the chance to better get to know an area for a more rewarding trip. In related news, Airbnb has set its sights on becoming a superbrand that defines this generation. Find out more.

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