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Will Airbnb soon offer local tours?

Excerpt from Tnooz

Dec 10, 2012 12:20 pm

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Rather than prevailing on time-constrained hosts to double as local tour guides, Airbnb could find plenty of partners in the hood.

— Dennis Schaal

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A tour of the Eiffel Tower has its points, but Airbnb users might be more interested in neighborhood excursions. sybarite48 / Flickr.com


Airbnb, the most talked about travel startup of 2012, is taking a close look at adding local activities to run alongside the home booking service.

Here is what is happening behind the scenes:

The platform would offer two types of services. On one side, in line with the idea of helping travellers discover life and culture, Airbnb would promote local flavour experiences like personal tour guides, food or activity specialists.

Conversely, in order to help both travellers and hosts, there would be a marketplace for logistic services such as check-in and check-out, housekeeping, transportation or food delivery.

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