How Airbnb went weird

The Dog Bark Park InnThe hotel has been using Airbnb for more than 10 yearsbasically since the companys launch. We were courted by AirbnbI had never heard of them, Conklin says. They said, Wed like to list you, would you consider it? It took a while for the Airbnb bookings to start, she says, but over the years theyve steadily increased. It brought us a different demographic of guests. They skew younger, she explains, and theyre Instagram-happy. These younger Airbnb users are taking lots of pictures of it. The-themed AirbnbConklin has noticed that travelers seem to be looking for more than a comfortable place to stay at an affordable rate; theyre looking for . Everyone wants an aesthetically friendly adventure. …

GetYourGuide picks up $484M, passes 25M tickets sold through its tourism activity app

As we swing into the summer tourist season, a company poised to capitalise on that has raised a huge round of funding. GetYourGuide — a Berlin startup that has built a popular marketplace for people to discover and book sightseeing tours, tickets for attractions and other experiences around the world — is today announcing that it has picked up $484 million, a Series E round of funding that will catapult its valuation above the $1 billion mark. The funding is a milestone for a couple of reasons. GetYourGuide says it is the highest-ever round of funding for a company in the area of “travel experiences” (tours and other activities) — a market estimated to be worth $150 billion this year …