This article discusses the rise in hotel companies beginning to invest in homesharing, including Accor, Marriott, and Hyatt, and interviews a range of hotel CEOs, executives and industry experts for their thoughts on homesharing at January’s Americas Lodging Investment Summit.

These interviewed include Hilton CEO Chris Nassetta who believes homesharing is something very different from what Hilton offers; IHG CEO Keith Barr who doubts how you do it at scale and make it profitable; Hyatt global head of development and owner relations, Jim Chu, about what Hyatt learned from its experiences with Onefinestay and Oasis; Best Western CEO David Kong on his concerns about homesharing which haven’t changed, around safety and security, and adherence to regulations; PwC principal and industry leader for hospitality, Scott D. Berman, who sees hotels turning to automated, tech-driven microhotels as a solution; Red Roof president Andrew Alexander who likens short-term rentals to the extended stay space; Robert McDowell, Choice Hotels chief commercial officer, on sticking to vacation rentals; Outrigger CEO Jeff Wagoner, who is interested in the vacation rental business, but not necessarily private accommodations like the listings you might find on Airbnb.

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