Airbnb is an online community marketplace that connects people looking to rent their homes with people who are looking for accommodation. Airbnb users include hosts and travelers: hosts list and rent out their unused spaces, and travelers search for and book accommodations in 192 countries worldwide. According to Airbnb, they provide “a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world ….” Airbnb hosts list their properties – which can be single rooms, a suite of rooms, apartments, moored yachts, houseboats, entire houses or even a castle – on the Airbnb website. It’s free to create a listing, and hosts decide how much to charge per night, per week or per month. Each listing allows hosts to promote properties through titles, descriptions, photographs with captions and a user profile where potential guests can get to know a bit about the hosts.
With over 2,000,000 properties listed in 191 countries and over 60,000,000 guests Airbnb is now a serious competitor to conventional hotels. The company is now valued at $25 billion which is more than the Hyatt Hotel chain. Airbnb is now so big it has become a competitive market place within itself so if you are considering or even currently list your property on it then you should seriously consider getting professional photography done. This lovely home I photographed last week in Port Macquarie has just been listed and is already taking bookings well into next year. The first thing a potential guest will do is look at the photos so you really can make your property stand out from the rest by making sure these truly present your home and it’s surroundings at it’s best. For more information feel free to call me on 0417 362 054.