THE chief executive of posh ‘couch-surfing’ company Air Bnb has blogged that Dublin has been chosen as its “European home".
“Our business in Europe is thriving,” wrote CEO Brian Chesky. “It’s now our largest market, and we have offices in seven major cities around the region. In addition to these offices, it’s become clear that we need to establish a regional home to bring our European teams and community together.”
It is thought the move could create up to 100 jobs here.
Founded in 2008, the online travel website organises unique accommodation in 192 different countries across the globe.
Essentially, the company promotes “service with a heart”, liaising with homeowners who would like to offer spare rooms in their residential property at discount prices for price-conscious travellers.
The number of jobs that the centre will create in Dublin is yet to be announced but an estimated 100 positions are thought to become available.
Mr Chesky said that a “Hospitality Innovation Lab” will be created in Dublin where “we will innovate on the customer experience”. “Our focus will be how to empower our hosts to provide excellent hospitality,” he said.
The company is currently valued at $2.6bn (€1.96bn).