Originally a side hustle to pay their rent, founders, Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia realized that money could be made from offering up a local travel experience. Officially launching Airbnb in 2008, the duo began earning quite a bit of cash, much more than they needed to pay their rent. Gaining around 1 million listings in 2014, the website has seen more action than some of the world’s most significant hotel chains. Through local experiences and unique stays, Airbnb and other sites like it are becoming so popular that they are changing the travel industry. Here’s how….
Travelers Can Get a Local Experience
With the chance to actually stay with a local, travelers are experiencing destinations off the beaten track. It’s helping to spread cultural understanding and foster a deeper appreciation for a place and its people.
Travelers Have More Control
Not only do travelers have many options for location but they get to be in complete control over the type of environment, amenities, space and interaction that they are looking for. There are multiple filters on the Airbnb site from WIFI and included breakfast to eco-friendly and unique that lets travelers really choose what they want.
Accommodation is Becoming an Extension of The Sites
With accommodations ranging from boats, school buses, gypsy caravans and beach shacks, people are turning even their stay into an exciting site. Tourists are realizing that they can make every part of their trip unique and interesting and are hoping to accomplish that with each stay.
Travel is More Affordable
Prices for Airbnb are quite reasonable, making travel more accessible for the general public. Plus, with options to rent out an entire house or just a room, people of varying budgets can get a chance to participate in travel.
With over 20 years of experience in the travel industry, Curtis Carlson Nelson has a deep knowledge and understanding of these kinds of trends. To keep up with the latest trends and news in the travel and hospitality industries, follow Curtis Carlson Nelson on Scoop.it: http://www.scoop.it/u/curtis-carlson-nelson.