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Road Warrior Pulse: News and Notes for Nov. 8, 2015

Travel Technology | Michael Isenbek | November 08, 2015

Road Warrior Pulse: News and Notes for Nov. 8, 2015

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The public has spoken. A ballot measure restricting Airbnb-type home-sharing in San Francisco has been defeated by an Election Day vote. If it had passed, unhosted home-sharing would be limited to 75 days a year per household, among other requirements.

Expedia has come to a tentative agreement with leading vacation rental marketplace HomeAway to purchase the company for $3.9 billion. There are still some approval hoops to jump through, but the deal is expected to close in early 2016. As explained in the article, owning a high-profile home-sharing company gives Expedia status as a strong competitor to Airbnb.

Independent hoteliers are getting a leg up with website presentation as Cloud-based software provider SiteMinder is introducing Canvas, a website creator designed specifically for non-chain accommodations. According to the Australian company’s Co-Founder and Managing Director Mike Ford, “Canvas is about further empowering the world’s independent hoteliers who want full ownership, control and amplification of their most profitable channel — their website."

Lastly, the next generation of travel shoes has arrived in the form of Shooz. These intriguing modular shoes separate the sole and upper (called “skins”), allowing for a dizzying array of mixing and matching, casual and formal. And the skins pack flat, saving space.


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