"The commission is so much more attractive," says Stephan Westman, a hotel industry consultant who has listed hotel rooms on Airbnb. "Any hotel that needs to fill rooms, I don’t understand why they wouldn’t need to use it as one of their marketing arms." Airbnb has already established itself as a booking agent for bed-and-breakfasts and hostels, so much so that hosts have options to categorize their listings as "bed and breakfasts" or "dorms." Boutique hotels are another step toward becoming not just a platform for booking rooms in other users’ homes. Hotels are a big business. Airbnb's New York City manager, Wrede Petersmeyer, told Fast Company that Airbnb permits listings for rooms in hotels as long as they're clearly portrayed as such. Get the full story at Fast Company