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Chapter 5 How Airbnb Captures and Disseminates Value

DOI: 10.23912/9781911396512-3603

ISBN: 9781911396512

Published: December 2017

Component type: chapter

Published in: Peer-to-Peer Accommodation Networks

Parent DOI: 10.23912/9781911396512-3454


This chapter analyses two of the six vital business model elements, explaining the functioning of peer-to-peer accommodation networks: value capture and dissemination. The other elements are discussed in detail in Chapter 4. We focus on Airbnb because it is the international market leader. Separate business analyses are necessary for other peer-to-peer accommodation networks given that each functions in a slightly different way. In this chapter the business model value capture and value dissemination are discussed in detail for Airbnb.


  • Stephan Reinhold, Research Center for Tourism and Transport (T&T IMP-HSG), the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland (Author) http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5176-3161
  • Sara Dolnicar, Department of Tourism, UQ Business School, The University of Queensland, Australia (Author)

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Reinhold & Dolnicar, 2017

Reinhold, S. & Dolnicar, S. (2017) "Chapter 5 How Airbnb Captures and Disseminates Value" In: Dolnicar, S. (ed) . Oxford: Goodfellow Publishers http://dx.doi.org/10.23912/9781911396512-3603


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