Speaking at the Skift global travel conference held in New York recently, President of Homes, Greg Greeley, announced that Airbnb has passed an important milestone with 400 million guest arrivals to date. The milestone was reached on August 26, the same month that Airbnb recorded its largest single night in history with 3.5M guest arrivals taking place on August 11.
Greg also shared updates on the progress of Airbnb Plus. Launched earlier this year, Airbnb Plus is a new tier of homes that have been inspected and verified in person for quality and comfort. Airbnb Plus helps hosts stand out while providing guests with an easy way to find high-quality listings.
Since February, Airbnb has tripled the number of cities Airbnb Plus is available in and just last week launched in Bali, Auckland and Athens. Airbnb Plus is now available in 34 cities worldwide.
Airbnb Plus is great for hosts – hosts that join Plus typically see a 40 percent increase in the number of bookings and a 70 percent increase in nights booked.
Guests also love Airbnb Plus – even with higher expectations around quality, Plus homes receive at least 10 percent more five star reviews than other homes.
Another important growth driver has been the success of Airbnb for Work, recently relaunched to expand from business travel to also include team-building with Airbnb Experiences, homes on Airbnb for offsites and meetings, and new options for people relocating for work. As revealed earlier this month, Airbnb for Work bookings tripled from 2015 to 2016, and then tripled again from 2016 to 2017. There are now more than 700,000 companies using Airbnb for Work, 275,000 of them directly engaged with Airbnb to help manage their travel.