New data shows New Zealand women lead the world in their take-up of Airbnb. Seven in every 10 Airbnb hosts in New Zealand are women. That is the highest proportion in the world on the platform. Internationally, 55 per cent of Airbnb hosts are women. The number of women hosts in New Zealand increased 48 per cent in 2017. Between them, the female Airbnb hosts in New Zealand earnt $147m on the platform last year.
Airbnb said today (March 6) that it has hired Greg Greeley, former vice president of Amazon Prime, to oversee its core business of peer-to-peer home rentals. The privately held company, valued at $31 billion, had been seeking an executive to lead the homes division that was being run by CEO Brian Chesky. The role was reportedly eyed by Laurence Tosi, the Wall Street veteran and former chief financial officer at Airbnb, who left the company in February after a clash with Chesky. Airbnb, which reported its first full-year profit in 2017, says there are 4.5 million homes listed on its platform globally.
On a whim, she decided to buy a cheap plane ticket to Sicily, Italy, and refocus her life not on finding a man, but on the things she loves to do: Travel, bike, and play the piano. Her decision to take chances ultimately led her to find her soulmate in the most unlikely of ways: through Airbnb.
Airbnb listings in central Beijing have been temporarily removed and all bookings up until March 30 have been refunded as China's annual legislature gets underway. Searches for any date before the end of the month in central Beijing return zero Airbnb listings, with the site stating, "Due to external circumstances, homes in Beijing are unavailable through March 30."
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