I Learnt about this company sometimes last year and been meaning to write about them on the blog, as someone that is always looking at the travel/holiday industry, Creativity, I really loved their idea!
Airbnb is an online marketplace allowing anyone from private residents to commercial properties to rent out their extra space.
Let me put it this way, the website gives people the chance to make some money by renting out extra space in their homes to people that are travelling to their countries and do not want to stay at a hotel.
Although i was very sceptic about the idea if people would be comfortable having strangers come to your house, for security reasons also.
I guess it really gives you a better experience staying with a local resident, rather than staying in a hotel that doesn’t offer much more than accommodation/experiences in the hotel.
I also like the way in which the website is designed, very easy to navigate.
Listings include vacation rentals, private rooms, entire apartments, bed and breakfasts, boutique hotels, castles, treehouses, and many other traditional and non-traditional accommodations.
Travellers contact hosts directly through the web site, which includes user profiles and friend recommendations. Dates are confirmed through on-site messaging, and the traveller books directly online using their credit card or PayPal account.
Hosts receive a reservation request which they can accept or decline. Both parties then receive an itinerary on accepted reservations, and are set to go.
It also has backing from investor Paul Graham of Y Combinator and Michael Seibel, CEO and co-founder of www.justin.tv
NOT BAD RIGHT, What do you guys think?