Is Airbnb Turning Into TripAdvisor? Here's What You Need to Know About their Big Update
Airbnb just upped its game.
The popular home-sharing site announced today that it’s expanding its services to include new features they’re calling “Experiences” and “Places” — two additions intended to make traveling to a new city less stressful and more fun.
“Experiences,” which launches in 12 cities in 2017, allows users to book immersive single– or multi-day activities, such as shadowing three TV writers around Los Angeles and pitching them your own TV show.
Many of the excursions will also provide travelers (or curious locals) the chance to give back to the community. One Detroit host, for example, plans to take visitors behind the scenes of his boxing gym, which provides local children with an after-school program.
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The “Places” feature will include digital guidebooks curated by locals, as well as audio walking tours and information on meet-up events. They can even make a restaurant reservation from the app.
The all-in-one package aims to make Airbnb the total travel package — but these updates aren’t the end game. CEO and co-founder Brian Chesky also unveiled plans at the company’s Airbnb Open on Thursday to add “Services” and, you guessed it, “Flights” to their offerings in the future.