- An Airbnb customer now checks every six seconds into a listing somewhere in the globe.
- Airbnb surpassed more than $1 billion in third-quarter revenue last year.
- It reported a rising demand among travelers to places such as Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America.
Airbnb based in San Francisco reported on Saturday more than 4 million guest check-ins to mark the highest number of stays in the 11-year history of the company. The network now includes more than 6 million Airbnb listings in more than 100,000 cities around the world since its early days of blowing up air mattresses in the shared living room of the founders.
An Airbnb customer now checks every six seconds into a listing somewhere in the globe. A spokesman said the business now employs 5,000 people around the world.
In last year’s third-quarter income, the business exceeded more than $1 billion and carries a $38 billion valuation as it prepares to take over the company’s public.
Number of hotels and listings around the world:
Airbnb — more than 6 million
Wyndham Worldwide — about 9,000 hotels
Choice Hotels — more than 6,400 hotels
Marriott International — about 5,975 hotels
Intercontinental Hotels Group — 5,070 hotels
Hilton Worldwide — 4,727 hotels
AccorHotels — 4,200 hotels
Best Western Hotels — about 4,200 hotels
Airbnb reported a rising demand among travelers to places such as Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America. It has also been highly successful in targeting a wider range of travelers.
On the luxury front, Airbnb’s Plus and Luxe divisions have raked the types of travelers willing to pay for high-ticket stays in premium listings. Airbnb has added more than 18,000 listings dispersed around 300 cities to its Plus platform since it debuted last February.
Last year Brian Chesky, CEO of Airbnb, said that the recent milestones of the company had set it on a path to one ultimate mission: to provide a place for any traveler, anywhere.
We expanded the scope of what can become of Airbnb, almost like increasing the size of the canvas,” he said of pushing into the corporate, luxurious, traditional hotel, experience and travel markets. We have massively improved our management skills and massively improved the offer categories so that… Airbnb can become a much bigger concept.”
It also attracts more corporate and professional visitors, including its latest purchase of Urbandoor based in San Francisco, through latest investments in its Airbnb For Work platform. The segment now comprises more than 15 percent of all Airbnb bookings, formerly called Airbnb for Business. Between 2015 and 2016, it tripled its development, and again between 2016 and 2017. More than 500,000 businesses are now using it as their primary business travel source.
The number of the Airbnb listings around the world has now eclipsed all the rooms maintained and operated by the top seven hotel chains around the world combined, a figure that helped multiply the giant room chain to pass a record-breaking number of stays this past weekend.