In this article, the Skift magazine tries to make sense to make some sense out of what they know Airbnb is doing now — and what it hopes to be doing over the next 10 years. Airbnb started with a couple of air mattresses on the floor of the San Francisco apartment and now has more than 4,5 million listing all over the world. Last Thursday, Brian Chesky announced deeper standardization, a new loyalty program, a greater integration with hotels, and other changes that indicate the company is growing up. Is Airbnb abandoning the original concept and losing its identity?
At Airbnb, Black History Month has always been a time to celebrate the diversity of Black culture through the lens of travel with the goal of inspiring dialogue and learning. This year has been no exception. From hosting an event celebrating Black-owned businesses in the Bay Area, to screenings of Black Panther with the Oakland Unified School District, to sponsoring a discussion on the evolution of Black travel at the Museum of the African Diaspora, Airbnb and Black@, our Employee Resource Group, have spent the last several weeks thinking about, and celebrating, Black culture.
In a recent interview with The Sunday Times, Airbnb founder Brian Chesky revealed he’s considering expanding his lodging company into include aviation. “We’ve seriously considered a lot of things around aviation and we’ve spent a lot of time exploring different concepts,” Chesky said in the interview. “We definitely want to make sure, though, that we can get into the end-to-end trip business.”
Airbnb has struggled to make headway in mainland China in the past, but 2017 was a breakthrough year for the home-sharing platform. For the first time since the American company was founded in 2008, it recorded full-year profitability, with the China market being a key source of growth. The company is doing especially well among Chinese millennials, and 18-to-35-year-olds make up almost 80 per cent of its Chinese customers.
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