Airbnb announced today that it is introducing an in-app safety feature for solo guests staying in private rentals and shared rooms.
Once the solo traveler books a stay in these accommodation types, Airbnb will begin offering expert tips in the app.
“The key component of this new feature is the ability for the solo traveler to easily share, with one-touch, their reservation itinerary with the important and trusted people in their lives for added peace of mind and in the rare event of an emergency during a stay,” Airbnb stated. “The itinerary includes: listing address, reservation code, and check in and out dates.”
It appears as though Airbnb began development of the feature with solo women travelers around, but broadened it to include all solo travelers. Tour operators and many companies have place new emphasis in the past few years on trying to ensure the safety of solo travelers.
English speakers will be the first to get access to the feature, Airbnb stated, but the company intends to introduce the product in other languages and in additional countries.