Date
24 July 2017
Participants attend an Airbnb workshop. Luxury hotels have little to worry about the fast- growing home-sharing pioneer, according to an analyst. Photo: airbnb.com
Participants attend an Airbnb workshop. Luxury hotels have little to worry about the fast- growing home-sharing pioneer, according to an analyst. Photo: airbnb.com

Airbnb no threat to high-end hotels

Luxury hotels should not worry about Airbnb Inc., the fast-growing home-sharing pioneer, an industry analyst says.

In a bullish call on Hyatt Hotels Corp., John Khoury of Long Pond Capital LP said the high-end leisure market should not feel threatened by the online lodging services company.

The budget hotel market, however, may be in for a rough ride, Bloomberg quotes him as saying.

Speaking at the Sohn Investment Conference in New York, Khoury touted Hyatt, saying shares have more than a 60 percent upside despite lodging being the most “out of favor” piece of the real estate sector.

One of the reasons he cited for his optimism is that, unlike leisure travel, Airbnb and its online community of accommodations is unlikely to damage the industry’s revenue stream from business and high-end travelers.

A number of Wall Street firms recently pointed to this trend.

A note from Cowen & Co. last month showed that hotels have a clear advantage among business travelers.

The survey also revealed that respondents who used Airbnb were more likely to use hotels for business travel.

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. also conducted a survey earlier this year that showed while people do typically stick with Airbnb after using it, the peer-to-peer travel market still has low penetration among business travelers.

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