About airbnb

In a few short years airbnb has gone from promoting “couch surfing” to host-resident “private room rentals” (mini-B&Bs) to unsupervised “entire place” rentals (vacation rentals). airbnb has an estimated market valuation of $10 billion – more than Hyatt Hotels. Click here to view some airbnb statistics. airbnb portrays itself as a humble home-sharing service that helps […]

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The Difference Between airbnb “Private Room” and “Entire Place” Listings

Every airbnb listing is assigned a type: shared room (couch surfing), host-resident “private room” (mini-B&B), and host-absent “entire place” (vacation rental). Host-resident “private room” rentals are generally benign or beneficial. Host-absent “entire place” rentals are where the problems are usually found. The chart below summarizes the differences. (Click on image to enlarge) An SF Chronicle […]

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The Basics: airbnb History and Stats

In a few short years the airbnb website ( www.airbnb.com ) has gone from promoting “couch surfing”, to host-resident “private room” rentals (mini-B&Bs), to host-absent vacation rentals. In 2008, airbnb operated only in the United States By 2014 it operates in 33,000 cities and 192 countries Has grown to over 300,000 listings Has booked 4 million […]

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