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HOSTEL BYTE: If you receive bookings from Booking.com, but complain about Airbnb – you have a dilemma

April 12th, 2018 | | Accommodation

Booking now claims it beats Airbnb with 5M alternative accommodations listings. Booking Holdings has tallied and publicised its alternative accommodations listings for the first time, and claims its biggest brand, Booking(dot)com, is the leader from a supply perspective with more than 5 million listings of homes, apartments, and other unique lodgings, topping Airbnb.

Thus the inventory arms race is on. An Airbnb source said the company now claims 4.85 million listings, up from the previously disclosed 4.5 million at the end of 2017, and the company expects to top 5 million listings by the end of June.

The compare and contrast game between publicly traded Booking Holdings and privately held Airbnb has been an apples to oranges contest until now because Booking had previously only released its property numbers while Airbnb cited its listings roster. But now, if both companies’ numbers are to be believed, the tallies are easier to measure.

You can consider Booking.com ahead in the listings statistical race — more than 5 million for Booking versus 4.85 million for Airbnb, but Airbnb’s roster includes hotels and Booking’s doesn’t. When including hotels and non-traditional listings, Booking says it has 27 million. Airbnb has recently made a big push to add hotels and go head-to-head against Booking …

… Booking Holdings’ heightened competition with Airbnb comes as Booking hired Olivier Gremillon as vice president of Booking Home to lead its homes and apartments strategy. Based in Booking.com’s Amsterdam headquarters, Gremillion had been Airbnb’s director of global strategy through the end of last year …

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