Japan: The Japanese government is considering relaxing the requirements for property management businesses operating ‘minpaku’ vacation rentals [i.e. private lodgings on platforms such as Airbnb] in a bid to galvanise regional tourism in the country.
Author: Paul Stevens
Worldwide: AJL Atelier CEO Simon Lehmann joins STRz editor Paul Stevens in conversation to discuss his company’s newly released Vacation Rental Technology Landscape.
UK: Holiday letting complex Whalesborough Holiday Cottages and Spa, based on the North Cornwall coast near Bude, has been sold to a private buyer at an undisclosed guide price.
US: Guest engagement platform Akia has announced that it has raised $6 million in Series A funding to scale its automation technology.
US: Flexible housing marketplace Anyplace has selected Jacob Street Partners to provide an innovative insurance solution for its customers – Anyplace Secure.
Spain: Sustonica, which claims to be “the first certification company tackling the sustainability of short-term rental homes”, has announced the launch of its “Committed” programme, aimed at recognising and promoting environmentally-friendly vacation rentals worldwide.
Spain: Seville-based glamping startup Kampaoh has announced that it has closed a €14 million round of financing to drive its expansion plan across Europe.
UK: UK consumers are continuing to book staycations in 2023 despite the cost of living squeeze on household incomes and the opening up of international travel, according to a recent survey of 1,000 consumers.
Canada: All-in-one vacation rental management platform Hostaway has announced two new hires to the business and two promotions across its team.