Founded in 2008, Airbnb exists to create a world where anyone can belong anywhere, providing healthy travel that is local, authentic, diverse, inclusive and sustainable. Airbnb uniquely leverages technology to economically empower millions of people around the world to unlock and monetize their spaces, passions and talents to become hospitality entrepreneurs. Airbnb’s accommodation marketplace provides access to 5+ million unique places to stay in more than 81,000 cities and 191 countries. With Experiences, Airbnb offers unprecedented access to local communities and interests through 15,000+ unique, handcrafted activities run by hosts across 1,000+ markets around the world. Airbnb’s people-to-people platform benefits all its stakeholders, including hosts, guests, employees and the communities in which it operates.
By the end of the first quarter of 2019, we project that there will have been over 500 million guest arrivals in Airbnb listings since Airbnb was founded in 2008.
For the second year in a row, Airbnb was profitable on an EBITDA basis.
Airbnb continues to offer a wide range of unique accommodations. For example, on New Year’s Eve alone 2,574 guests stayed in castles, 1,031 guests stayed in treehouses and 121 guests stayed in windmills.
Airbnb will continue our work to build an end-to-end travel platform that will handle every part of your trip, with a heightened focus on investing in and creating new businesses that will power long-term growth.
Airbnb operates under five Businesses – Homes, Experiences, Lux, China and Transportation:
Homes - the foundation of Airbnb – chiefly focuses on successfully growing all aspects of our community (hosts, guests, business travelers...) with more consistent quality.
Experiences - helps guests unlock the magic of a destination by enabling them to find and book incredible things to do and people to do them with. Experiences enable travelers to go deeper into new communities by popularizing non-traditional things to do. For example: an intimate living room concert, creating street art, or urban beekeeping.
Lux - our top tier offering, dedicated to growing a segment of travelers with premium end-to-end travel experiences that combine curated luxury homes and world-class service. Each home comes with 24/7 concierge and curated amenities.
China – a rapidly expanding travel market, our aim is to be the destination for Chinese millennials seeking authentic travel and experiences, both abroad and domestically.
Transportation - The Transportation vision is to create a door-to-door transportation experience for travelers that’s simple, seamless, and inspiring.
Platform - we’re the world's largest marketplace for space, and we keep getting bigger every day. With over 100 million nights booked per year and counting, we are constantly tackling challenges in search algorithms, payments, fraud prevention, and growth — all while maintaining a beautiful user experience.
We develop technology so people can connect with new travel experiences, economic opportunities, and local communities.
For us, technology is a way to empower people economically, not exploit or replace them.
Across the company to bring more personalization and provide an end-to-end magical travel experience. That includes matching people with the most relevant listings, Experiences, and services around the world with a focus on using technology to reduce the friction that can keep people from trying new travel experiences.
AI & Machine Learning: Categorizing Listing Photos at Airbnb Large-scale deep learning models are changing the way we think about images of homes on our platform.
Contextualizing Airbnb by Building Knowledge Graph: An introduction to Airbnb’s knowledge graph, which helps us categorize our inventory and deliver useful travel context to our users.
Discovering and Classifying In-app Message Intent at Airbnb: Conversational AI is inspiring us to rethink the customer experience on our platform.
It’s an audacious, incredibly rewarding mission that our increasingly diverse team is dedicated to achieving.
Airbnb is built around the idea that everyone should be able to take the perfect trip, including where they stay, what they do, and who they meet. To that end, we empower millions of people around the world to use their spaces, passions, and talents to become entrepreneurs.
Exciting challenges lie ahead—new regions, technologies, and businesses. Guided by our four core values, we’ll meet these challenges creatively and with the support of our global community. Join us!
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