Feb 23 2018
It's not necessarily more expensive than other listings - CEO Brian Chesky said the average price is less than $250 a night - but with Airbnb Plus, the company guarantees a minimum level of quality, like a well-stocked kitchen, fast Wi-Fi, and comfortable bedding.
To address this, Airbnb will add 4 new property types to its platform - Vacation Home, Unique Space, B&B and Boutique. So, why the change now?
Additionally, the company is expanding its Superhost program with new and updated benefits, including more exposure, custom URLs for their listings and exclusive pricing on smart home devices, starting with a partnership with Nest to offer Superhosts discounted products.
Airbnb is dispatching inspectors to rate thousands of the properties listed on its home-rental service in an effort to reassure travellers they're booking nice places to stay. Rather than just booking a hotel at a luxury resort you find on TripAdvisor, Airbnb is trying to build the credibility that it can offer unique experiences you won't find in those hotel environments - whether that's a tiny apartment in the middle of Shinjuku, Japan, to a attractive condo in the middle of Ponta Delgada in the Azores. In addition to its existing Shared Space, Private Room and Entire Home categories, guests can now search by Vacation Home, Unique Space, Bed & Breakfast, and Boutique, giving hosts a total of seven categories for listings.
Chesky said the company would be adding as many as 1000 new categories.
"Every one of these homes is specially merchandised to really make the home features stand out", Chesky said.
While Airbnb was initially designed mainly for solo travel, the ways that guests have used the platform has evolved over the years.
Airbnb launches Plus, higher-end options that have been personally inspected
Launching with 2,000 listings in 13 cities, Airbnb Plus homes have been inspected and verified in person against a 100+ point checklist that covers things like cleanliness, design and comfort. To that end, Airbnb is launching its Collections feature today.
Collections for social stays, weddings, honeymoons, group getaways and dinner parties are also planned for later this year.
Airbnb Plus hosts can stand to benefit from top placement, in-home services like design consultation and professional photography, and premium support.
Airbnb also announced a new "Superguest" program: the company's answer to hotel membership programs.
"Airbnb's latest scheme is just further proof the company is trying to play in the hoteling space while evading industry regulations", said Troy Flanagan of the American Hotel & Lodging Association.
That means Airbnb has needed to re-think its business.
Airbnb, which has an estimated value of $31bn, has become a pin-up in the peer-to-peer sharing economy - allowing users to book rooms in hosts' properties at a value they determine.
All-new Volvo V60 family estate revealed
Volvo's newest estate is expected to arrive in showrooms in September 2018, although an exact date has not been announced. The good news is that the new S60's debut isn't too far away, since Volvo has confirmed that it will debut this summer.
Russians injured in recent clash in Syria were not servicemen - Foreign Ministry
But the presence of the Russian contractors adds an element of unpredictability. Most are Russian citizens , though some have Ukrainian and Serbian passports.
Asian herb kratom suspected as source of salmonella outbreak
CDC officials are now investigating an outbreak of Salmonella I 4, , 12:b:- infections that have sprung up in 20 states. However, the lag time between symptom onset and confirmed reports reaching the CDC is usually about three to four weeks.
Feb 22 2018
Conservative users say Twitter removing thousands of followers
Twitter has also been criticized by US lawmakers for not taking the Russian bot scourge seriously enough. Special Counsel Robert Mueller charged 13 Russians and three Russian companies, including St.
Feb 22 2018
Qualcomm Unveils Reference Design For VR Headset Powered by Snapdragon 845
The 845 platform also includes a digital signal processor for measuring, filtering, or compressing analog signals. Specifically, a Snapdragon 845 VR headset can support two 2400x2400 resolution displays at 120 frames per second.
Feb 22 2018
Conservative British MPs demand 'hard Brexit' clean European Union break
They also said that Britain must not be stopped from negotiating and signing trade deals during any transition period. Critics have accused the Prime Minister of being "too weak" to confront the hard Brexiteers in her own party.
Feb 21 2018
Louisville vacates 2013 national championship as part of NCAA sanctions
The NCAA ruled in October 2016 that the school found four violations in their year-long investigation of the program. Former Louisville head coach Rick Pitino was hit with a Level 1 violation, the dreaded "failure to monitor".
Feb 21 2018
Trump tweets denial of woman's claim he kissed her without consent
She claims he asked whether she wanted to be a model, before kissing her for two whole minutes. She describes Trump first grabbing her hand, then kissing her on the cheek and then the lips.
Feb 17 2018
ESPN willing to 'back up the truck' for Manning on MNF
Unfortunately for ESPN and FOX, Manning has made no indication that he's in a hurry to start a broadcasting career anytime soon. Manning's been approached before about television analyst gigs, including by Fox, but he's been hesitant about jumping in.
Feb 17 2018
Can the United States and Canada Play Again, Please?
One of the new things players on either side of the border war agree on is that the rivalry brings out the best with both teams. The Canadian women have had puck drops at 9:10 p.m. and 4:40 p.m. and Thursday's game started just after noon local time .
Feb 16 2018
You have to see how the Kardashians celebrated Valentine's Day
West ended his self-imposed social media ban with a bang, his wife took to Instagram to express her love for the rapper. Noticeably, West also uploaded former couples who made a buzz in Hollywood many years ago.
Feb 16 2018
More Israelis believe police than PM Netanyahu: polls
Netanyahu has angrily rejected the accusations and denounced what he describes as an overzealous police investigation. He added that the "prime minister never acted in Milchan's benefit on any issue, except for one, that of the visa".
Feb 16 2018
Fed Cup: 10th straight SFs for Czechs; Serena returns for US
The 36-year-old American took time away from the sport to give birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia and get married, to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian .
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