So what is it all about the little pink app?
In March 2009, the name Airbedandbreakfast.com was changed to Airbnb.com,
AIRBNB is one of the few different apps on the smartphone which gives you real life experiences….
What if I told you it is the biggest revolution in the travel industry?
What if I told you that you would have to pay less than half of what you’d pay for an accomodation in a costly hotel in a different city or in a different country and have a chance to live like a local?
What if I told you it is in a local house and the generous hosts will offer you variety of experiences like skateboarding,skydiving,surfing,wine-making,cooking,fishing,scuba diving,etc etc and etc?
What if I told you you would take an accomodation in the hosts house itself and you can see reviews on the host and house by guests ranging from 10 to 100’s,which gives you some trust on the very host and how generous he would be
Welcome to AIRBNB
Spread over 190countries
Available in 26languages
It has over 2,000,000 host listings in 34,000 cities
This is what they offer on their website:
Airbnb connects travelers with hosts offering unique local experiences and places to stay. On Airbnb, you can book homes and things to do, or start earning money as a host.
Verifying information about guests and hosts helps make our community safer for everyone. In addition to requiring a profile photo, phone number, and email address, we may also ask for an official ID and other information.
All of the reviews on Airbnb are written by hosts and travelers from our community, so any review you see is based on a stay that a guest had in a host’s listing.
You can message a host before booking to ask them about their availability, the listing, or anything else you might need to know.
If the listing allows you to book instantly, you’ll be charged at the time of booking. Otherwise, you’ll be charged once the host accepts your request to book.
Book unique homes and experience a city like a local.
Most popular experiences
Here’s the link to the official website
Airbnb’s primary source of revenue comes from service fees charges to hosts and guests on every booking.Fees paid by the guest range between 6% and 12% depending on the price of the booking. Airbnb also charges the host 3% from each guest booking for credit card processing.
In addition to providing personal information, hosts display listing details including prices,amenities,house rules, imagery, and detailed information about their neighborhood. Due to the nature of the business, a merit system is in place to allow guests and hosts to leave references and ratings which are displayed to the public in order to provide an evaluation method.
Pricing can be determined by the host. Hosts can charge different prices for nightly, weekly, and monthly stays as well as seasonal pricing. The Titles and Descriptions sections can be used to advertise their space. They can outline house rules or other descriptions regarding the residence. Airbnb allows hosts to publish up to 24 photographs of the place. For eligible hosts, Airbnb offers free professional photography in most of the listed areas.Profile pages are a place where the guests can research more about the hosts and is used by hosts to display who they are as well as their philosophies on hosting.
Guests are required to message the user directly through Airbnb to ask questions regarding the property. It has been reported that hosts cannot turn off the instant booking feature, i.e. newly registered hosts may receive reservations via instant booking any time which cannot be declined.When a potential guest puts in a reservation request, the host has at least 24 hours to accept or decline the request.
After the reservation, they can coordinate meeting times and contact information with guests.
Here’s is link to Joe Gebbia’s Tedtalk
Incidents of humility:
In an incident,a guest was living in a host’s bedroom which the host published on Airbnb with his experience offer..
The guest complained about constant heart burning and head ache and after a few minutes he could not breathe and had a heart attack ,immediately the host called an ambulance and there was an immediate medical assistance
Soon Airbnb got to know about this and appreciated the host
The guest marked humourously as “Thank you for saving my life,free medical assistance too”
Incidents of Vandalism and theft
AIRBNB denies that these incidents are 1 in a 100 and gets away from these talks
In a separate incidents the guests were having sex in the hosts bedroom,some guests were having a djnight and arranged some liquor in the house at 2a.m,some things in the house went missing and some of the furniture damaged,the guest hurled foul words at the host when opposed.Seeing this the the police were informed and got the guests arrested,the host demanded Airbnb compensation for her loss and just signed out of the host programme
In some cases the guests weren’t leaving the house after their stay expired on Airbnb website from that day Air bnb stated that
“If the guest stays more than days prescribed by the host the host can charge double or triple times the amount per day for accomodation,if the guests don’t leave immediately”
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