Want Airbnb news? Look no further. I’ve done the legwork of reading countless headlines and articles to bring you the most relevant and interesting. I unabashedly ignore news related to temporary annoyances like overly restrictive city regulations, supposed housing crises, and topics-of-the-day like hidden cameras. This post covers fun, interesting, and unique news from November 2019.
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Airbnb’s CEO Brian Chesky, sees the good in others. The hospitality platform came to life because, together with co-founders, he imagined a world where strangers open up and extend trust to one another. Recently, con-artists and the inevitable bad guys took advantage of that warmly given trust. In his November letter, Chenksy vows to repair the damages and lays out four solutions to protect the Airbnb community. These new changes include;
- A 24/7 Neighbor Hotline that he promises will be easy to locate.
- High-risk human review that will manually detect suspicious reservations.
- Verifying the accuracy of all listings by December 15, 2020
- 100% cashback guarantee for a guest isn’t satisfied upon check-in.
For Airbnb, reinforcing support for hosts is a top priority. We know that successful hosts receive travel credit and the title of Superhost for providing five-star stays. More recently, Airbnb has taken a personal approach. Hosts on Instagram are documenting surprise gifts from Airbnb headquarters. Small tokens of appreciation like, water flasks and branded mugs with hand-written notes bearing the hashtag #airbnblove are appearing on doorsteps of hosts around the world.
Got cooking skills? Know an impressive home cook? Airbnb is currently holding a contest for the world’s best home cooks. Judges will hand-pick the top 100 and send them to Italy on a culinary scholarship. Each of them will study at the University of Gastronomic Sciences to perfect family recipes with Momofuku’s Chef David Chang ( & his mom, too!). The winners will attend an intensive 5-day course to refine family recipes. And, those personal recipes will be featured in Airbnb’s first official cookbook. Enter yourself here or nominate a passionate home cook. The application deadline is Dec.23rd, and this culinary experience takes place in Italy during the summer of 2020.
Airbnb is satisfying the hunger for cooking like the locals while traveling the world. Now through cooking experiences, you can create traditional meals with or without booking a home. “All experiences are vetted for quality. So you can learn authentic recipes from around the world.”
Airbnb’s COO Belinda Johnson will take the foot off the pedal to spend more time with family. Belinda Johnson announced she will be stepping down from her position and will sit on Airbnb’s board of directors as the third female and ninth member. Airbnb says it will not be replacing her COO slot but instead seeks a new hire under the role of vice president of operations. Even the position of COO didn’t exist until Johnson was promoted to the self-made title in 2018. Most would say that she has played a crucial role in helping CEO Chesky through hard times with regulatory affairs. All eyes are looking to see how this internal move will impact the company during a critical time. News of Johnson’s need for work-life balance comes as Airbnb makes its path towards a highly-anticipated public listing in 2020.
Book your fantasies to life at Game of Thrones-themed Airbnb. GOT fans are going to love this one! The reviews highlight a luxurious steam shower for two, prime city location and many unique, surprise & delight amenities throughout the stay. The new listing is super hosted in Lexington, Kentucky, and getting lots of attention.
I would love to read your comments about this news or new stuff not covered! This was Airbnb news November 2019.
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