The slowly evolving Airbnb – is it a distribution or hospitality company?
What distinguishes Airbnb’s approach is the company’s focus on its hosts. From local meet-ups to its first global host event, Airbnb has embraced the idea that it is the local hosts who have the biggest opportunity to influence the traveler’s experience.
In the latter half of 2013, Airbnb began making more direct comparisons between itself and the hotel industry.
Nathan Blecharczyk, co-founder and chief technology officer, told the Telegraph in November that he expected Airbnb to surpass InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and Hilton in total number of rooms.
He was right.
NB: This is an analysis by Douglas Quinby, vice president of research at PhoCusWright.