Monday 26 June 2017

Airbnb brings ‘most significant development’ in its history to Dublin

Airbnb' Trips'

Dublin's Ha'penny Bridge. Photo: Deposit
Dublin's Ha'penny Bridge. Photo: Deposit
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Pól Ó Conghaile

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Airbnb guests can now brew artisanal beer and take behind-the-scenes tours of the Abbey Theatre and LGBTQ Dublin on visits to the city.

20 brand new local experiences, dubbed ‘Trips’ (see gallery below), are bookable as of today on its website, airbnb.ie, with prices from €23pp.

The news was announced this afternoon at Oscailte, the company’s annual gathering of Irish hosts at the Airbnb Dublin office on Hanover Quay.

Launched in 2008 and now active in 65,000 cities across 191 countries, the holiday rental giant has been branching out from accommodation in recent time, with everything from local tours to flight-booking tools on its radar.

Paddle through Dublin, a new Airbnb experience
Paddle through Dublin, a new Airbnb experience

‘Trips’, described as “the most significant development” in Airbnb’s lifespan, are "immersive" travel experiences both opening up the concept of hosting and providing more engaging offers to its customers.

Jonathan Mildenhall, Airbnb CMO, said:

“We want to make travel magical again by immersing curious visitors in local communities and offering them the opportunity to see the true character of a city through the eyes of the people who live there.”

Confirmed Dublin experiences range from food styling workshops to off-road mountain biking, art therapy sessions, and tours of the Liberties neighbourhood and “historic queer Dublin”.  All are run by locals.

The city is one of the first to offer Trips on the Airbnb platform. First launched last year, hundreds of global community experiences now range from truffle-hunting in Tuscany to marathon running in Kenya.

Airbnb hosts that are “willing to host a unique and exclusive experience” in Dublin have been invited to submit their ideas on airbnb.ie.

“Trips is a people-powered platform that brings together where you stay, what you do, and the people you meet all in one place,” the company says.

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