The world’s largest homestay network, Airbnb, has unveiled a brand new tier of property, Airbnb Plus, offering reassurance to travellers who have shied away from the risks of renting a stranger’s home. Some 2000 Airbnb Plus rentals revealed today have been personally verified for cleanliness, comfort and design against a 100-point checklist, and will recognise the hosts who go above and beyond to curate a magical experience for their guests.
The news was revealed today by Airbnb Co-Founder, CEO and Head of Community, Brian Chesky, as the company celebrates its 10 year anniversary back in its birthplace of sunny San Francisco. “Ten years ago we never dreamed of what Airbnb could become. In fact, people thought the idea that strangers would stay in each other’s homes was crazy. Today, millions of people every night do just that. But we want to go further by supporting and expanding our community so that in 10 years time, more than 1 billion people per year will experience the benefits of magical travel on Airbnb.”
The brand has also vastly improved guest experience by unveiling four new property types which you can navigate by to help you find the perfect property for your trip – Vacation Home, Unique, B&B and Boutiques – which will join the existing categories of Entire Home, Private Room and Shared Space. In addition, a new offshoot, Airbnb Collections, will showcase homes for particular occasions, so you’ll be able to find that ideal wedding venue or honeymoon destination, or even just a cool space to host a group getaway or dinner party.
Meanwhile, launching this spring, Beyond by Airbnb looks set to be an even more luxurious offering – custom designed trips of a lifetime, including the world’s finest homes, bespoke experiences and world-class hospitality. Watch this space…
DID YOU KNOW? 10 years ago, Airbnb co-founders Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia inflated 3 airbeds in their San Francisco apartment and started what has become a global phenomenon in travel. Today, Airbnb is one of the world’s largest accommodation platforms with 4.5 million places to stay in 81,000 cities. Over the last 10 years, Airbnb hosts earned more than $41bn and guests have checked into an Airbnb more than 300 million times.
From: Harper’s BAZAAR UK