Douglas Quinby, vice president of research at the travel industry group Phocuswright in an article by the Information on AirBnB:
“Even this whole idea of ‘travel like a local’ I believe is more marketing than substance,” he adds. “Most travelers when they travel don’t want to meet locals, they don’t want to attend the violin-making class in Paris. They want to eat a croissant in a cafe and go to the Eiffel Tower.”
Gillian Morris in the comment section of the same article:
AirBnb wins because it is cheap and convenient, not because it is unlocking a magical world of authentic experiences.
AirBnB’s next move is probably flight-booking, as noted by Bloomberg.
Airbnb may acquire an online travel agency or license data from a provider, such as Amadeus IT Group SA or Sabre Corp., said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing unfinished products.
Licensing data would not differentiate AirBnB from Skyscanner or Google Flights. Acquiring an online travel agency does. I stumbled on AirWander today.
Airwander: add multi-day stopovers to save on flights
This seems like an extremely good acquisition for AirBnB. Not only would AirBnB buy a ready-made flight-book tool. It would also buy a service that enhances their main product. Pick a destination, save on flight costs and book a cheap home for your stopover.
It should not go unnoticed that stopovers are becoming more popular. It allows travellers to save money and see more of the world. Several Youtube creators have made stopovers, in Hong Kong and New Orleans.
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