Recent Articles by Paul

Operto appoints Steven Davis as new CEO

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Vancouver: Operto Guest Technologies, an industry leader of Smart Stay technology and smart devices for the serviced apartment, hotel and short-term rental industries, has announced it has appointed Steven Davis as its new CEO.

Domio co-founders resign following Airbnb investigation

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US: Aparthotel brand Domio cofounders Jay Roberts [CEO] and Adrian Lam [chief strategy officer] have resigned with immediate effect, following an investigation by Airbnb over alleged malpractice and violation of its trust and safety standards.

Anyplace announces partnership with Rentals United

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US / Spain: Flexible housing marketplace Anyplace has announced a partnership with channel management solution Rentals United, one which they claim is "an industry first" for the mid- and long-term stay marketplace.

Urban Living Festival gets green light for 25-26 November 2020

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UK: International Hospitality Media [IHM], the leading online publisher and event organiser for the hospitality and real estate sectors, is delighted to confirm that its latest launch – Urban Living Festival: stay • live • work – will go ahead as scheduled on 25-26 November at Tobacco Dock in London.

Airbnb bars Domio accounts over standard violation allegations

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US: Short-term rental and aparthotel hospitality brand, Domio, has been accused of allegedly violating Airbnb’s trust and safety standards, which have prompted Airbnb to suspend the startup’s host accounts and listings for the foreseeable future.

UK government re-imposes quarantine order for returnees from Spain

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UK / Spain: The UK Department for Transport [DfT] announced on Saturday that all travellers returning from Spain to the UK would be required to self-isolate in quarantine at home for the following two weeks, a notion which took immediate effect as of midnight on Sunday morning.

Assisted living to return to 'neighbourhood' planning model

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US: Boston-based The Architectual Team architects Michael Liu and Anthony Vivirito have said they believe assisted living services will return to a 'neighbourhood' planning model as the Covid-19 pandemic impacts the long-term care sector.

Tishman Speyer expands Studio coworking brand

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US: Commercial real estate company Tishman Speyer has announced it is expanding its coworking brand Studio in two Manhattan locations in order to cater to demand for flexible office space.

SAFFAA launches global accreditation registry

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Worldwide: Serviced Apartment News has partnered with Serviced Apartment/Accommodation Forum for Assessment and Accreditation (SAFFAA) for the development of a global register of responsible accreditors for serviced apartments and alternative accommodation.

Urban Living webinar: Coliving - fad or phenomenon?

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In the latest IHM Urban Living webinar, editor-in-chief George Sell hosted a discussion on “Coliving: fad or phenomenon – will coliving stand the test of time?”; a session sponsored by Res:Harmonics.

Expedia set to phase out short-term rental multifamily business

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US: As Expedia Group strategises its recovery from the standstill in bookings during the Covid-19 pandemic, it is believed to be preparing to phase out its short-term rental multifamily building business, which includes its Expedia Group Multifamily Solutions product.

Stay Alfred to permanently close down

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US: The founder and CEO of Washington state-based apartment rental startup Stay Alfred, Jordan Allen, has confirmed the business is closing down permanently.

D. Alexander pivots towards mid-term rental operations

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US: Hospitality company D. Alexander has decided to eliminate all short-term rentals and reinvent its business to mid-term rentals in order to provide people with “safe, clean escapes to heal, rejuvenate, be productive and continue to keep living mindfully”.

Stay Alfred ceases trading

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US: Serviced Apartment News understands that Washington-state based apartment rental startup Stay Alfred has ceased trading.

Sonder cuts workforce by one third

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US: San Francisco-based hospitality startup Sonder has announced it has laid off 22 per cent of its workforce and furloughed an additional 11 per cent of its staff as the reality of the coronavirus impact on the travel industry bites hard.

Landing secures $30m in additional funding

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US: Landing, the company advocating flexible renting membership for long-term living, has secured $30 million in new funding: a $20 million Series A led by Greycroft with participation by Maveron and Abstract Ventures, alongside a $10 million debt facility.

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