Airbnb vs HomeAway: Inventory Quality

Former CEO at Vacasa Europe and Board Member at HomeAway

Why is this interview interesting?

  • Why availability and bookability are the most important factors when analyzing OTA inventory
  • Airbnb's inventory split between RBO/professionally managed and urban/leisure
  • Comparison in the quality of inventory across major OTAs
  • Why Airbnb should switch to a flat host and no guest fee
  • Evolution of HomeAway's pricing structure
  • Why brand equity is Airbnb's true competitive advantage
  • Challenges for Airbnb moving into more professionally managed leisure inventory
  • Regulatory risks for Airbnb

Executive Bio

Simon Lehmann

Former CEO at Vacasa Europe and Board Member at HomeAway

Simon has over 15 years of experience in the vacation rental industry and is one of Europe’s leading figures in property management. He is the Former CEO of Vacasa Europe, the leading professional property management company globally, where he launched Europe in 2016. From 2005 to 2014, Simon was the CEO of Interhome, a vacation rental property company with over 35,00 properties available in Europe. Simon was on the board of HomeAway for two years pre-IPO and was President of Phocuswright, the leading authority in travel research and events. Read more

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