Airbnb buys accessible short-term rental platform Accomable
Accomable's know-how and expertise in serving the disable can help Airbnb build an accessible platform that faces all kinds of audiences.
Airbnb is acquiring Accomable, the two-year-old startup often referred to as the “Airbnb of accessible travel” for an undisclosed sum.
Accomable’s site, which helps users find accessible rentals and hotels, will “wind down in the coming months” and “we will be integrating our know-how and expertise across the Airbnb platform,” Madipalli told Skift.
Airbnb said “we will work to include Accomable’s listings in more than 60 countries on Airbnb.”
Accomable has more than 1,100 listings in 60 countries, while Airbnb has more than 4 million listings in more than 191 countries.
But what makes Accomable different from Airbnb is that each of its listings is verified by the Accommable team to ensure that it really is as accessible as it claims to be.
Accomable’s financial model is slightly different from Airbnb’s: Instead of taking a cut from both hosts and guests as Airbnb does, Accomable only takes commission from hosts.
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