Community marketplace had always existed, but the scale it can grow into in this in tech-era of 21st century would have not been known without advent of social media. In the perspective of the hospitality industry, AirBnb- has created such a revolution, which has changed the way people travel completely and has added new dimensions to experimental travel by making it more affordable through community participation. Founded in August of 2008 by Joe Gebbia, Brian Chesky and Nathan Blecharczyk and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb in a short period of time has emerged as a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world online or from a mobile phone or tablet.
Living up to its reputation, AirBnb has inventory starting from an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month and connects people to unique travel experiences in more than 65,000 cities and 191 countries. On top of it, the AirBnb platform is evolving pretty fast. Consider for instance, AirBnb is now offering its patrons to experience French Open in a very special way as an exclusive ‘Experience with Champion Tennis Player Gael Monfils‘- who reached a career-high Association of Tennis Professionals world No. 6 singles ranking on November 7, 2016- is now available on Airbnb.
The said limited time based experience will take place in two phases, where on match day- Guests will meet with Gael Monfils’ agent behind the scenes at the biggest tennis event of the year. They’ll watch Gael warm up before he begins his race for the title of champion, alongside his family and friends. A few days later- guests will meet Gael Monfils at his favorite training venue and play a few matches with him (and learn some tips, too), before lunch.
“Fans play a major role in our sport. They help me to push my limits so whenever I have the opportunity to reward them one way or the other I am happy to do so. I was very much looking forward to meeting pro players when I was growing up so I know exactly the feeling behind it. I am always happy to share a laugh with them or some advice”, said Gael Monfils in a recent AirBnb press statement.
The said experience- guests will be able to book for 500 € per person, which will be donated to the Association for Information and Prevention of Sickle Cell Disease, of which Gael Monfils supports. The best part of this deal that can be a dream for a tennis lover is the nobility of the purpose and exclusivity of the grand experience. AirBnb will surely add many more such novel experience that keeps its worldwide community of travel enthusiasts engaged and asking for more.
AirBnb advantage for women hosts
Like in case of travel enthusiasts, the AirBnb platform has made additional income possibilities for its hosts. Its sad that major progress has been made in advancing economic opportunities for women over the last several decades, but significant obstacles to gender equality still remain. A few months back, on March 8, Airbnb has prepared our first dedicated study of women hosts in the community. As per the study in general, where it is expected that the gender pay gap between men and women amidst the fact that the percentage of women in the workforce has risen dramatically in recent decades, that growth is expected to stagnate or even reverse over the next 40 years.
“Airbnb cannot single-handedly tear down the many obstacles to empowerment that women face worldwide. But our platform is powered by a growing worldwide community of women hosts who are connecting with guests, each other, and their local communities. In fact, historically, women hosts have outnumbered men hosts around the world. Since Airbnb launch in 2008, our community has pioneered the development of the global sharing economy. In that time, we are proud that women Airbnb hosts have earned over $10 billion through our platform,” said a recent press communique shared by AirBnb.
Secret of exclusivity on AirBnB tours
In March 2017, six Airbnb executives circled the globe in an expansive world tour advancing the latest, and most significant step in our growth beyond accommodations: trips, bringing people, places and experiences together in a single platform. Led by Brian Chesky, Co-founder, CEO and Head of Comminty at AirBnB and members of the Airbnb executive team traveled to a total of 16 countries across 6 continents, spending time with hosts and leaders from communities across the world in the process of building out Trips, our people-powered platform that integrates Homes, Experiences and Places into a single booking destination.
“Some of the hosts I have met in the last few weeks from London to Cape Town, from Harlem to Delhi. Spending time with our hosts reminds me of why we exist,” Chesky said on social media on the said trip. The said initiative also addition of 470 Guidebooks to 12 cities including Paris, Tokyo, London and others. Guidebooks, city guides crafted by knowledgeable locals, offer recommendations on new places to discover, such as where to find the best craft beers in Paris, tips on the best underground art venues in Yokyo and other unexpected places that only insiders know about.
AirBnb Trips in India
Airbnb launched its new Trips platform in New Delhi recently about two months ago, adding 15 bookable local Experiences to the thousands of homes available to stay in. Launched in November 2016, Airbnb Trips currently has over 800 active Experiences available, with bookers from over 73 different countries giving 91% of Experience bookings a 5-star rating.
Trips brings together where you stay, what you do and the people you meet all into one place, and is all powered by locals. For visitors, Trips is a way to experience a different side of the city, immersing themselves in communities through the eyes of locals. For cities, it can help to diversify tourism away from busy city centers. It also allows local people to participate and benefit from tourism by sharing their interests and passions, while enabling them to make a little extra money.
With 15 Experiences now available and more rolling out in Delhi in the coming weeks, travelers can experience the journey of a couture ensemble with celebrity designer duo, Shantanu and Nikhil, at their Delhi workshop, see how to build a better community with Clothes Box Foundation or learn how to drape a sari in twenty different ways.
“Trips is the most significant development in the history of Airbnb. We are moving beyond just the home, bringing together where you stay, what you do and the people you meet all in one place. We are excited to launch India Trips today as we have handpicked unique experiences, designed and led by locals, to reflect the diversity and variety of the city,” said Chesky on the Delhi launch.
“I’ve always been curious about the fashion world, but I never knew much about it. For the launch of Airbnb trips in Delhi, I took ‘Journey of Couture’ fashion experience and arrived at this famous couture house which dresses many Bollywood talents to meet two incredible designers and Airbnb hosts. They showed us how design is conceived and patterns are made. We learned how to cut and tailor fabric. Best of all, they dressed me in Indian attire, and I got to walk in an actual fashion show,” he added.
Likewise for photography lovers, Aditya, a professional photographer for over three decades, will give guests a tour of his museum, Museo Camera, which showcases over 1500 cameras. After treating his guests to a cup of chai, he will walk them through the transition photography has seen over the last 170 years, unravel stories of the most iconic cameras and more. Experiences like the aforesaid, are surely gonna change people look at planning travel in India and take it beyond the quintessential golden triangle tours in India.