This article features an interview with the CEO of Oasis (formerly known as Oasis Collections), about whether alternative accommodations can still be considered “alternative” while the lines between vacation rental, short-term rental, and extended stay are blurring and the sector starts to mature and to evolve.

The discussion includes Airbnb expanding into tours, activities and possibly flights; Onefinestay and some smaller domestic players scaling up; major companies such as AccorHotels investing in home sharing and vacation rental businesses; the growing length of average stay; making the experience bespoke via apps and upgrades; the rise of new entrants such as Zoku; collaborations with major hotels; ongoing competition with traditional hospitality offerings; likely disruption in extended stay markets; the advantage of a trusted brand over peer-to-peer rental; expansion into Europe and Asia-Pacific; Oasis’s relationship with investor Accor; and handling local regulation around length of stay.

Oasis recently raised $2.5 million from an undisclosed investor, and now has more than 2,000 properties in 22 cities worldwide.

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