Called “Trips”, its new service could generate revenues higher than those of the accommodation, writes the group.
(Boursier.com) — Faced with a regulation that is more strict in the countries in which it operates, the american group that Airbnb wants to broaden its offer to include the services of a travel agency. The rentals website, real estate between individuals, offers now
to his users the possibility to create custom itineraries for a few hours or several days, in order to live a local experience more authentic.
“When you want to travel, it usually ends in a research project,” said Brian Chesky, ceo of Airbnb, an event over three days, held Thursday in Los Angeles. “We want to solve this problem”, he added.
This is a major step forward for Airbnb, whose creation dates back to eight years ago. Called “Trips”, its new service could generate revenues higher than those of the accommodation, writes the group. The new service is currently available in 12 cities and will be expanded to 50 next year, said Brian Chesky.
Less overnight stays
customers can book a number of activities during their stay such as a cooking courses in Florence or a workshop of violin in Paris. They can also find points of interest that are not part of the usual tourist circuit. Reservations, rental cars and flights will also be eventually integrated into Trips.
In cities such as New York, Amsterdam or Berlin, municipalities have adopted new rules that reduce the number of nights per year for a rental Airbnb. This evolution is likely to weigh on the turnover of the rentals website, and especially on its valuation, estimated at $ 30 billion (28,29 billion euros). The platform is at the head of 100 million users in 34.000 cities around the world.
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