Airbnb: Everyone wants to come stay in Cape Town

2017-12-14 11:30 - Unathi Nkanjeni
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Cape Town - Online hospitality service, Airbnb has revealed the most wish-listed homes on their website of 2017. 

The short-term vacation rental site released a country-by-country look of the most popular homes on people's wish lists - homes bookmarked for future travel or fantasy travel bucket lists. 

With more than 2,3 million properties all over the world, a contemporary three-story penthouse in Cape Town was one of the most wish-listed homes on Airbnb in 2017. 

The 'Prime 3 Storey Cape Town Penthouse' property is described as being light and airy and boasts a private roof-deck, plunge pool and "breath-taking views of the city, ocean, Signal Hill, Lions Head and Table Mountain".

Catering for three guests, it's available for rent for R2,344 per night.

This is the second consecutive year Cape Town has made the list, representing SA.

Last year, the top choice with a record-breaking 15,212 little red hearts from the community was Michelle’s Camps Bay Mansion.

SEE: 3 Interesting things about SA's 10 most wish-listed Airbnb stays

Topping the list was a 'Secluded Intown Treehouse' in Atlanta, US. Described as an urban retreat, it consists of three separate, elevated cabins set amongst the trees and connected by rope-bridges.

In our neighbouring countries, 'Otto House and Shack', situated on the Okavango Delta, was the most popular in Botswana and features an 'Earth-friendly environment build'. Mozambique's top contender, 'The White House Beach Cabin' offers sea views and close proximity to wildlife. 

The most popular listing in France, meanwhile, is a bright, airy, summer home in Labenne that sleeps eight people called 'Amani' (which means "peace" in Swahili), with big outdoor pool as its centrepiece.

At the bottom of the list was a Korean traditional house in the Hanok conservation area in Seoul, South Korea. The hanok caters to for four guests and, according to reviewers, is "a place to experience Seoul".

See full list here.

Airbnb in South Africa

Recently, Airbnb launched a new payment feature that could make your group-vacation stress-free.

Airbnb's new split-pay tool allows a group of 16 people to divide the reservation costs from the get-go. Previously, the trip organiser would have to pay for the entire cost of the stay upfront.

SEE: Airbnb's new payment feature to make group bookings a lot easier

In October, Airbnb and the City of Cape Town signed the first hospitality collaboration agreement, aimed to promote the "benefits of people-to-people tourism for Cape Town residents and their communities".

This is Airbnb's first collaboration with a city in Africa and according to Cape Town, it will promote the city across the world as a unique travel destination.

SEE: Airbnb signs Africa's first city agreement with Cape Town

The company announced that it would invest $1m to boost township entrepreneurship across SA and Africa through 2020 to promote and support community-led tourism projects in Africa. 

The commitment is part of Airbnb’s vision to empower communities through home sharing and to promote people-to-people tourism that benefits local families and their communities.

SEE: Airbnb to invest $1m to boost township entrepreneurship across SA and Africa

Airbnb also distributed approximately 500 showerheads to their top hosts in Western Cape.

"Airbnb is reaching out to guests travelling this festive season to raise awareness, we have organized meet-ups for our community to discuss their water-saving best practice and we continue to look for additional ways to support through our partnership with Wesgro, which includes this initiative to distribute water saving showerheads to the host community," says Velma Corcoran, Airbnb's Regional market consultant for Sub-Saharan Africa. 

"Airbnb supports responsible hosting - and water saving is a critical part of that for the Cape Town community." 

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