Airbnb has launched a new Trips and Places guide alongside its current Homes offering that allows travellers to book ‘experiences’ with a local.
“Until now, Airbnb has been about homes,” said Brian Chesky, Airbnb CEO and co-founder. “Today, Airbnb is launching Trips, bringing together where you stay, what you do, and the people you meet all in one place.”
The new site offers experiences such as yoga in the desert, cooking classes, concerts and more and is available in 12 cities worldwide. There are plans to launch in New Zealand in 2017 starting with Queenstown. As part of the gourmet experience, travellers can dine in top restaurants and the company is inviting applications from people in Queenstown who would like to be an experience host.
As part of the new launch, users will also be able to make restaurant bookings from within the app, and see a timeline of their bookings.