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Leading demographer says purpose is defining modern-day travel

by Christian Fleetwood

Purpose, aspiration, and the pursuit of authentic experiences are defining the way we travel, according to a well-known Australian demographer.

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Technology

Airbnb can now scan guests on social media for psychopathic tendencies

by Christian Fleetwood

More than a year after a patent for background check software was published, it has been revealed that Airbnb can check guests’ social media presence to see whether they are psychopaths before they rent.

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Airbnb bans “party houses”, updates policies in wake of Halloween murders

As the festive season kicks off, Airbnb is rolling out a swathe of new features to protect hosts, guests and neighbours.

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Tourism

Flavour of the week: Hertz’s new president, Airbnb adds ex-COO to board, Topdeck’s fresh digital agency + MORE!

Trying to work up the courage to ask your boss for that big promotion? Get inspired by these industry guns. Or, just have a few too many at knock-off drinks this arvo and ask them then.

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Airbnb inks massive Olympic deal

Did you happen to catch members of the hotel industry kicking cans down the street and muttering curse words to themselves? Find out why here.

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Tourism

KISS teams up with Airbnb to perform very odd concert for Aussie sharks… but none bother to show up

Do you only read Travel Weekly for the weird and wacky stories? Well, this yarn is sure to have you scratching your head in disbelief.

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Tourism

Airbnb to vet 7 million listings in overhaul of verification system

by Christian Fleetwood

Airbnb has announced a slew of changes to its verification system, but Australia’s tourism sector has said the changes do not go far enough.

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Technology

Airbnb, Vrbo hosts in hot water for naming and shaming guests on Facebook

Hosts of short-term rental properties have been sharing images of guests along with their names and personal information online, with some making racist comments and revealing guests’ sexual orientations.

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Hotels

Airbnb to crackdown on “party houses” following Halloween murders

Airbnb’s co-founder and CEO revealed the company will act to enforce its ban on “party houses” after five people were shot dead at a Halloween party in San Francisco.

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Hotels

Barbie is now an Airbnb host

Barbie has become an Airbnb host, listing her Malibu Dreamhouse on the home-sharing site. And yes, everything is pink.

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Technology

ATO to seize Airbnb hosts’ financial data as part of tax avoidance crackdown

by Christian Fleetwood

Airbnb has advised its hosts that the ATO is coming for them. Get the lowdown here.

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Tourism

Flavour of the Week: Hurtigruten’s new-look team, Beyond Travel’s marketing hire + MORE

Meanwhile, Travel Weekly’s roving reporter has been appointed to sort out lunch for the rest of the team. He’s promised devon and pickle sandwiches.

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