Airbnb has moved beyond accommodation with the launch of Trips, which aims to bring together where travellers stay, what they do and the people they meet, all in one place.
Trips launched with three key areas – Experiences, Places and Homes, with Flights and Services to be added in the future.
Experiences are handcrafted activities designed and led by local experts – be it a single activity or a multi-day experience. These will offer unprecedented access and deep insights into communities and places that travellers wouldn’t ordinarily come across. A number of Experiences will also be available where guests can give something back to communities through non-profit organisations. Cape Town and Nairobi are two of the 12 cities included in the launch phase, along with Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Detroit, Havana, London, Paris, Florence, Tokyo and Seoul.
Places – Guidebooks, Meet ups and Audio Walks
With insider Guidebooks, Airbnb has identified cultural experts and neighbourhood insiders to recommend hidden gems within their city. Travellers can find the perfect run from a marathoner, the best dive bar from a local mixologies and the next great undiscovered restaurant form an up-and-coming chef. 100 Insider Guidebooks will be available in six launch cities, including Nairobi.
As well as Insider Guidebooks, Places include over one million individual recommendations worldwide from Airbnb’s home hosts, recommending their favourite spots, from cages and restaurants to parks and local attractions. A partnership with restaurant booking platform, Resy, will make it possible for people in the future, to book tables at great local restaurants directly through the Airbnb app.
Airbnb has also struck an exclusive partnership with Detour to offer access to amazing experiential walking tours allowing people to discover neighbourhoods in a unique and authentic way.
With Trips, Airbnb also wants to make travel more social, helping connect the thousands of Airbnb users in a city on any given night. Meet ups within Places will let local businesses host one-off or regular events for Airbnb guests and locals to connect with each other.
With three million homes available to book across 191 countries, Airbnb offers the largest and most diverse range of unique accommodation options for travellers which will now be available to book alongside Experiences in available cities.