Airbnb’s Samara project targets new buildings

Airbnb is extending its reach into architecture and city planning with its new Samara projectAirbnb extends its reach into architecture and city planning with Samara

Space-sharing disrupter Airbnb has encountered as much opposition as it has inspired budget-conscious travellers across the world. Its business model of owners renting out living spaces – anything from a single room to an entire house – has offered an opportunity for owners and renters alike to benefit. But the San Francisco-based company has drawn criticism from hoteliers who are losing business and from city dwellers who claim that Airbnb is reducing the availability of long-term rentals. Read more…

US airports don’t match up to international competition

US airports have a poor showing in Skytrax international indexUS airports have a poor showing in Skytrax international index

US airports are lagging behind other countries in the world rankings, losing out to Asian and European hubs. Singapore’s smart Changi Airport has claimed pole position for the last three years in consultancy group Skytrax’s definitive list, which surveys 13 million passengers. Changi features zen-inspired butterfly, orchid and cactus gardens, while South Korea’s Incheon boasts an ice-skating rink and a golf-driving range. Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky is the US’s highest-ranked airport, trailing in at a disappointing 30th position, with only San Francisco and Atlanta joining them in the top 50. Read more…