June 14, 2018

Airbnb on OTAs: “We have a community model as opposed to a commodity model”


What has the home-sharing giant been up to since announcing their expansion into hotel distribution? Does Airbnb see itself as a serious contender to major OTAs? And where is it all going next?

To give you a taster of what you can expect from the upcoming "Direct Booking Summit: Europe" in Amsterdam (June 27/28), Triptease is interviewing Robin Clifford of Airbnb.

Triptease: What are Airbnb's main goals for 2018?

Robin: We want to build a community that is for everyone. There have been over 300 million guest arrivals at Airbnb listings, but we want to do more to make it easier for everyone to find the home or experience that works for them.

Just one example, we will soon be making it easier for people to search for the exact type of listing they require by introducing four new property types including Vacation Home, Unique, B&Bs and Boutiques and we are also adding new Collections for family and work to offer inspirational content for different genres of travel.

For Trips, we recently added a further 7,000 experiences and in the last couple of months have launched in a further 15 cities. As we expand and enhance the platform to include all these new innovations, we will continue to work to achieve our mission - creating a world where anyone can belong anywhere.

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