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French tourism association files complaint against Airbnb

A French association of hotel and tourism companies said it had filed a complaint with Paris prosecutors against websites that offer private holiday rentals, such as Airbnb, for unfair competition.

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Room prices rocket in Rio as landlords dig for Olympic gold

With hotels mostly booked, landlords are charging a pretty penny for tourists still seeking accommodation in Rio de Janeiro for the Olympics in August – asking as much as US$2,305 (RM9,456) per night for a three-bedroom apartment far from venues and beaches.

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Ryanair to challenge Airbnb with private room rentals

Ryanair is to take on Airbnb by offering private rooms and homes on its website, its latest bid to boost revenues by selling directly to the tens of millions of budget-conscious consumers who use its website.

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Travellers turn to smartphones before and during getaways

A Hotels.com survey covering 31 countries has found that smartphones are essential tools for travellers, both for holiday prep and during a getaway.

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Airbnb prepares to host 250,000 visitors during Euro 2016

With less than a week to go before the UEFA Euro 2016 soccer tournament kicks off in France, the international accommodation rental website, Airbnb, has announced it's expecting over 250,000 tourists in Paris and other host cities.

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EU seeks to make it easier to buy online from other countries

Online retailers would be banned from stopping a customer in one EU country buying from a website based in another, under a proposal issued on Wednesday to make it easier for consumers to shop across the bloc.

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LinkedIn, Airbnb match refugees with jobs, disaster survivors with rooms

As the refugee crisis was unfolding in Europe last year, the social impact team at professional networking site LinkedIn had an idea: why not use its expertise to connect the new arrivals with companies willing to employ them?

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Berlin cracks down on Airbnb rentals to cool market

Berlin from May 1 began restricting private property rentals through Airbnb and similar online platforms, threatening hefty fines in a controversial move meant to keep housing affordable for locals.

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Google is beta-testing a new travel app

"Trips", reports the Dutch site Androidworld, is an app that organizes all of the user's travel information into bundles that can be accessed offline.

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Google is beta-testing a new travel app

Trips, reports the Dutch site Androidworld, is an app that organizes all of the user's travel information into bundles that can be accessed offline.