Airbnb has opened up three new Asia Pacific
markets for its Trips Experiences.
The curated activities will enable
hospitality entrepreneurs in Melbourne, Bali, and Hong Kong (early
December) to capitalise on the growing shared economy and shift
towards more authentic travel experiences.
Launched globally in November 2016, there are
now more than 3,100 Airbnb Experiences offered in over 40 cities
worldwide, 600 of which are in Asia Pacific.
Airbnb Experience hosts have
earned more than US$6 million to date, while in APAC the number of booked Experiences
has grown 14 times since January 2017. Tokyo is one of the top
five most popular global markets by bookings.
These new market launches will add more than 120
new Experiences to the existing portfolio available across APAC
which already includes Bangkok, Queenstown, Seoul, Ho Chi Minh
(Saigon), New Delhi, Osaka, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo.
Other upcoming additions to the Trips platform globally include
Hawaii, Buenos Aires, Costa Rica and Jamaica, all launching before
the year end.
“Travellers are seeking alternative adventures,
whether they are travelling alone or with groups of friends or
family,” said Parin Mehta, APAC Trips Director for Airbnb. “As well as seeking unique accommodation options, there is
the desire among travellers to destinations such as Bali and
Melbourne to enjoy their destination through the eyes of a local.
Experiences is also a great way to unleash economic opportunity
for locals. In the city. Airbnb has emerged as a platform for
people to monetise their passions and talents. Our greatest assets
are time and potential and Experiences is a way to unlock that.”
A few examples of the many
new Experiences include:
● Balinese Farm Cooking & Organic Farm - immerse yourself into a traditional Balinese meal as you shop in
an organic farm, learn how local farmers harvest the ingredients
which will be used for your dishes. You will take home your own
printed recipe book and apron.
● Cultural Vespa Biking and Hiking
- Discover Lovina in a completely local way with the wind in your
hair. You’ll see views of the north coast of Bali
and learn more about sugar palms before you rest by a river (or
take a bath) and have a homemade Balinese lunch.
● Kangaroos quest
in Melbourne - Go hiking in search of a troop of kangaroos within
a forest reserve in the middle of the city’s north eastern
● Insider’s Melbourne Music Scene - From the
CBD’s laneway watering-holes to Fitzroy’s rock and jazz bars,
Northcote acoustic, folk and gypsy flavours, and Brunswick’s pubs
and warehouse parties, explore your musical tastes with an
● Lost In Nostalgia with through traditional
QiPaos - Join local fashion designer and stylist as he takes you
through the history of the dress all the way from the 1950s era
over tea. Guests can then choose from the vintage styles and head
out to explore hidden spots in Hong Kong.
● Dine on a Sampan Boat
with Granny Chiu - Experience an ancient Chinese Folk Ritual known
as “Villain Hitting” by professional Granny Chiu using her shoe
before you board a boat an experience dining on a sampan where is
cooked by Boat Dwellers, one of the earliest ethnic groups of Hong
Kong, who worked and lived on a sampan fishing boat.
Recycling to feed 50 Households - Start your day with a non-profit organisation as they teach you more about food wastage in Hong
Kong. After visiting a fresh food market, you will help to sort
food into baskets and donate to the underprivileged. This is a
Social Impact Experience where 100% of the proceeds go to the
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