Following its recent announcement to expand its core home-booking platform with more categories, Airbnb will by the year’s end increase Experiences from 60 destinations to cover 1,000 cities, including Easter Island, Tasmania and Iceland.
Airbnb says Experience bookings grew by 2,500 per cent in 2017 – 25 times faster than Homes did in its first year. The Trips platform, which houses Airbnb Experiences, was launched in November 2016.
It is also introducing new Experience categories such as Airbnb Concerts, Social Dining, and Adventures, in addition to expanding its existing Social Impact category.
Over 50,000 hosts have applied to host Experiences, but Airbnb says it is stringent about quality. “We select them based around the uniqueness of the offering, and the special expertise and passions of the host,” an Airbnb statement reads.