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Saturday 18 November 2017

Travel giant Airbnb chooses 'friendly' Dublin as Euro hub

Sarah McCabe

Sarah McCabe

ANOTHER multinational internet company is setting up shop in Ireland.

Homestay website Airbnb has confirmed that Dublin will be the location of its new European headquarters, as first reported by the Irish Independent earlier this summer.

It is thought the move could create up to 100 jobs here.

The company made the announcement in a blog by chief executive, Brian Chesky, posted on its site.

Talks on the matter have been taking place for at least a year, following a meeting between Jobs Minister Richard Bruton and senior executives from Airbnb on an IDA Ireland investment mission to the US west coast last October.

Founded in 2008, the online travel website offers alternatives to traditional accommodation options for travellers. It mainly provides a connections service, where homeowners can offer spare rooms at discount prices; but also offers other types of unique stays like accommodation in castles.

The company is valued at around €2bn and its global headquarters are in San Francisco, California.

"Our business in Europe is thriving," wrote Mr 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."

"Why Dublin?" he added in the conversational blog post. "Well, it turns out that Dublin has hospitality in its DNA.

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"The city has a reputation for being one of the most hospitable and friendliest places in the world. Dublin is also an emerging technology epicentre in Europe, and one of its most international cities, with nearly every language represented."

In a remark that may concern future Irish employees, he said the office would welcome visits from the many thousands of travellers that pass through Dublin using its service.

Irish Independent

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