Airbnb sees ‘experiences’ take shape

BANGKOK, 28 November 2017: Airbnb has opened for bookings three new Asia Pacific trips ‘experiences’ in Melbourne, Bali, and Hong Kong.

Launched globally in November 2016, there are now more than 3,100 Airbnb Experiences offered in over 40 cities, worldwide, 600 of which are in APAC.

Airbnb Experience hosts have earned more than THB204 million to date, while  booked Experiences in APAC have grown 14 times since January 2017. Tokyo is one of the top five most popular global markets for bookings.

These new= launches will add more than 120 new Experiences available across APAC, which already has offerings in Bangkok, Queenstown, Seoul, Ho Chi Minh City, New Delhi, Osaka, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo.

Other upcoming additions to the Trips platform globally include Hawaii, Buenos Aires, Costa Rica and Jamaica, all launching before the year end.

Experiences vary from Kimono making, or exploring the local fish market in Japan, Muay Thai Boxing or cycle tours of the city in Bangkok, all led by local hosts, passionate about their activity and city.

“ Experiences are a great way to unleash economic opportunity for locals. In the city. Airbnb has emerged as a platform for people to monetise their passions and talents. Our greatest assets are time and potential and Experiences is a way to unlock that” explained, Airbnb APAC trips directo, Parin Mehta.

New Experiences

Balinese Farm Cooking & Organic Farm (  A traditional Balinese meal as you shop in an organic farm, learn how local farmers harvest the ingredients, which will be used for your dishes. You will take home your own printed recipe book and apron.

Cultural Vespa Biking and Hiking ( Discover Lovina in a completely local way with the wind in your hair. You’ll see unparalleled views of the north coast of Bali and learn more about sugar palms before you rest by a river (or take a bath) and have a homemade Balinese lunch.

Kangaroos quest in Melbourne. Hiking in search of kangaroos within a forest reserve in the middle of the city’s north eastern suburbs.

Insider’s Melbourne Music Scene. From the CBD’s laneway watering-holes to Fitzroy’s rock and jazz bars, Northcote acoustic, folk and gypsy flavours, and Brunswick’s pubs and warehouse parties, explore your musical tastes with an Melbourne insider.

Lost In Nostalgia with through traditional QiPaos. Join local fashion designer and stylist as he takes you through the history of the dress all the way from the 1950s era over tea. Guests can then choose from the vintage styles and head out to explore hidden spots in Hong Kong.

Dine on a Sampan Boat with Granny Chiu. Experience an ancient Chinese Folk Ritual known as “Villain Hitting” by professional Granny Chiu using her shoe before you board a boat an experience dining on a sampan where is cooked by Boat Dwellers, one of the earliest ethnic groups of Hong Kong, who worked and lived on a sampan fishing boat.

Food Recycling to feed 50 Households. Start your day with a non-profit organisation as they teach you more about food wastage in Hong Kong. After visiting a fresh food market, you will help to sort food into baskets and donate to the underprivileged. This is a Social Impact Experience where 100% of the proceeds go to the non-profit organisation.

Airbnb launched with just 500 Experiences in 12 cities in November 2016, and one year on has 3,100 Experiences in more than 40 markets

In Asia Pacific, there is a spike in guests trying Experiences, where numbers of booked experiences has grown over 14 times since January each week

Experiences is growing at a faster rate than Homes, with global growth 20 times since January 2017.