Airbnb expands footprints in Melbourne, Bali and Hong Kong
Airbnb's new offering will curate activities guided by local insiders, which will capitalize on the growing shared economy
Airbnb Experience hosts have earned more than USD six million to date, while in APAC booked Experiences is growing at 14 times since January 2017
Online marketplace and hospitality service provider Airbnb on Wednesday announced expansion of its Trips 'Experiences' in three new Asia Pacific (APAC) markets including Melbourne, Bali, and Hong Kong.
Offering experiences in over 40 cities worldwide, 600 of which are in APAC, Airbnb's new offering will curate activities guided by local insiders, which will capitalise on the growing shared economy and shift towards more authentic travel experiences.
Airbnb Experience hosts have earned more than USD six million to date, while in APAC booked Experiences is growing at 14 times since January 2017. Tokyo is one of the top five most popular global markets by bookings.
These new market launches will add more than 120 new Experiences to the existing portfolio available across APAC which already includes Bangkok, Queenstown, Seoul, Ho Chi Minh City, New Delhi, Osaka, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo.
Other upcoming additions to the Trips platform globally include Hawaii, Buenos Aires, Costa Rica and Jamaica, all launching before the year end.
"Travellers are seeking alternative adventures, whether they are travelling alone or with groups of friends or family. As well as seeking unique accommodation options, there is the desire among travellers to destinations such as Bali and Melbourne to enjoy their destination through the eyes of a local,"
said APAC Trips Director for Airbnb, Parin Mehta.
"Airbnb has emerged as a platform for people to monetise their passions and talents. Our greatest assets are time and potential and Experiences is a way to unlock that," explained Mehta.
Amongst a few examples of the new experiences include:
(With ANI Inputs)