Airbnb has revealed that it will add four new property types to its platform - Vacation Home, Unique Space, B&B and Boutique - in order to allow hosts better showcase their product. The rental company argues the move will give greater choice of accommodation options to guests and provide more transparency over the types of accommodation available.
Airbnb has launched Pay Less Up Front, a new feature that allows guests to spread the cost of their holiday booking over two instalments. In order to secure their reservation, guests are now able to pay part of the cost of their accommodation expense on the day of booking, with the remaining amount payable closer to the time of check-in.
As Airbnb unveils its Trips product in Jamaica, Breaking Travel News speaks to Chris Lehane, global head of policy and public affairs with the organisation, about what it will add to Caribbean hospitality.
Airbnb has released a report highlighting that guests to London have spent £522 million in local restaurants since September 2016. The report, Airbnb: Generating $6.5 billion for restaurants around the world, focuses on 44 cities, including London, and showcases the benefits guests bring when they stay in local neighbourhoods.
From the southernmost Smygehuk headland to the wilderness around the Three-Country Cairn in the north, through freedom to roam, the entire country of Sweden has been added to Airbnb. Visit Sweden has partnered with Airbnb to turn the entire country on the site.
Airbnb co-founder Brian Chesky has announced a series of plans to better serve Chinese travellers, particularly millennials. Airbnb’s new brand name in China, Aibiying - or 爱彼迎 - translates as ‘welcome each other with love’ and reflects Airbnb’s mission.
Airbnb has acquired Montreal-based Luxury Retreats, a luxury vacation rental company offering over 4,000 homes in 100 destinations around the world. Luxury Retreats chief executive Joe Poulin will join Airbnb and lead luxury homes, reporting to Airbnb co-founder Brian Chesky.