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Alcoves – Airbnb Guest Performance for June

Alcoves – Airbnb Guest Performance for June

Alcoves had more than 250 guests from Airbnb this June.

Always a pleasure and an awesome responsibility to host strangers from around the world in our Makati apartments.

 

 

Alcoves – Airbnb Guest Performance for May

Alcoves – Airbnb Guest Performance for May

Alcoves had more than 220 guests from Airbnb this May.

Always a pleasure and an awesome responsibility to host strangers from around the world in our Makati apartments.

 

 

Alcoves – Airbnb Guest Performance for April

Alcoves – Airbnb Guest Performance for April

Alcoves had more than 200 guests from Airbnb this April.

Always a pleasure and an awesome responsibility to host strangers from around the world in our Makati apartments.

 

 

Alcoves – Airbnb Guest Performance for March

Alcoves – Airbnb Guest Performance for March

Alcoves had around 190 guests from Airbnb this March.

Always a pleasure and an awesome responsibility to host strangers from around the world in our Makati apartments.

 

 

Alcoves – Airbnb Guest Performance for February

Alcoves – Airbnb Guest Performance for February

Alcoves had around 170 guests from Airbnb this February. This month also featured Airbnb’s slight redesign with the introduction of a new “Stats” tab in the host Dashboard.

Always a pleasure and an awesome responsibility to host strangers from around the world in our Makati apartments.

 

 

2-way sync between your Airbnb and Google Calendars

2-way sync between your Airbnb and Google Calendars

There are a lot of instructions online on how to do a 1-way sync of your Airbnb and Google calendars.

Specifically, if you get a booking on Airbnb, the booking will also appear in your designated Google calendar.

I wanted a true sync though or a 2-way sync. That is, if your Airbnb calendar changes, that change will be reflected in your Google calendar and vice versa.

So, for example, if I blocked off June 1 on my Airbnb calendar, it would also be blocked off on my Google calendar. If I blocked off August 15 on my Google calendar, it should also be blocked off on my Airbnb calendar.

All of the instructions I found online deal with a 1-way sync and I don’t think that’s very useful.

As such, instructions on how to enable true sync, or a 2-way sync between your Airbnb and Google calendars, below.

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Alcoves – Airbnb Guest Performance for January

Alcoves – Airbnb Guest Performance for January

Alcoves had around 150 guests from Airbnb this January.

Always a pleasure and an awesome responsibility to host strangers from around the world in our Makati apartments.

 

 

How many Airbnb hosts are there in Manila?

How many Airbnb hosts are there in Manila?

A few days back I posted about professional Airbnb hosts in Manila.

Because of the research for that post I became interested in other Airbnb statistics on hosts in Manila. In particular I wanted to know just how many people in Manila do host on Airbnb.

After more digging on the internet, I found airdna.com, a site which specializes in Airbnb statistics. According to Airdna, there are around 2,700 active Airbnb hosts in Manila as of January 2016. (They don’t describe how they define active.)

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So, a fair amount of competition for Alcoves.

In contrast, Seoul has around 5,100 listings, London has a whopping 29,600 and Jakarta has 687.

Professional Airbnb Hosts in the Philippines

Professional Airbnb Hosts in the Philippines

I posted earlier on how Airbnb can improve its site user interface to make it more efficient for hosts with multiple listings to handle bookings.

Also in that post I touched on how Airbnb makes a lot of its money airbnb logofrom professional hosts, defined here as hosts with more than 2 listings.

That got me thinking on how many hosts in the Philippines could be classified as professional, under that definition.

So after some deep internet sleuthing which consisted of going through more than 150 Airbnb profiles, here’s a partial list of the Philippine Airbnb hosts with multiple listings.

(Technically I’ve defined a professional host as having more than 2 listings but I found a lot of hosts right on the line with 2 listings to their name; so I’ve gone ahead and included them as well.)

List is by number of listings, but I’ve put Alcoves on top for reasons of vanity and obvious bias.

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Why Airbnb discourages professional hosts and what the site can do about it

Why Airbnb discourages professional hosts and what the site can do about it

Airbnb encourages the image of its hosts as being solitary operators, renting out their actual residence or a spare apartment they are no longer living in.

This image carries legal and public relations advantages for Airbnb.

airbnb logoOn the legal side this allows Airbnb to claim that its hosts are not hotels, and thus are not covered by the various taxes and regulations which hotels fall under (eg. Zoning, occupancy restrictions). The PR advantage is implicit in the word host – someone who welcomes you into his home and treats you like a guest, a friend. This is the local touch, the personal experience, which Airbnb wishes to evoke monikers like “Welcome Home”.

The reality though is that Airbnb probably makes most of its money from professional hosts, defined here as those with more than 2 listings. Hosts with multiple listings run them like a business, not a mom and pop operation renting out the spare room on weekends.

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