AirTrip? Airbnb plans to expand into transport sector

2019-02-08 10:29
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Airbnb is currently one of the world's most popular accommodations platforms. Now, it plans to expand its services, hoping to enter the transport sector, offering its clients a more well-rounded travel experience all in one place. 

The mission is to create a world where anyone can belong anywhere.

Airbnb is powered by our unrivalled global community of hosts and guests - Airbnb can connect travellers to more than 5 million places to stay and thousands of incredible experiences around the world.

Now it plans on reimagining travel by building an end-to-end travel platform that combines where you stay, what you do, and how you get there, all in one place. 

To achieve this goal, Airbnb is investing in creating new businesses that will power our growth over the long-term. Aviation industry pioneer, Fred Reid has joined Airbnb as Global Head of Transportation. In his role, Fred will focus on building partnerships and services that make travel seamless.

“There was a time when getting on a plane was a magical trip of its own, but over the years, how you get to where you're going has become an experience we endure, not enjoy. We believe that needs to change,” said Airbnb Co-Founder, CEO and Head of Community Brian Chesky. 

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“We couldn't ask for anyone better to take on this monumental task than Fred, and I’m honoured that he’s agreed to work with us. Airbnb and its incredible global community have revolutionised where you stay and what you can do when you travel,” said Fred Reid, Airbnb’s Global Head of Transportation. 

“I’m excited to work with them to tackle the third part of the travel experience: how you get there. Whether in the air or on the ground, there are tremendous opportunities to create products and forge partnerships with other companies that make travel easier and even fun. Realising those opportunities will take years and require constant experimentation, and I’m truly honoured to have the chance to take on such an audacious challenge with this team," said Chesky.

Airbnb hopes for a 500 million guest arrivals in Airbnb listings by the end of the first quarter of 2019.

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The growing community has fuelled a global brand that, according to a Google executive, Sundar Pichai, “is now the most searched-for accommodations brand.”

“I’m not interested in building our own airline or creating just another place on the internet where you can buy a plane ticket, but there is a tremendous opportunity to improve the transportation experience for everyone,” added Chesky. 

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