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Home-sharing platform Airbnb now offers its ‘Experiences’ service in Colombia

By Silvia Castro Betancourt 0 Comments NEWS, Regional News

Cartagena de las Indias, Colombia

This article was written and published in Spanish and has been translated into English via Google Translate. Click here to read the original article.

According to Airbnb Colombia, its hosting has evolved, now anyone can be a local 'Experience' host and advertise the country's tourism highlights.

From now on, people will not only be able to offer their properties for lodging but also be "hosts of experiences", a modality that Airbnb opened worldwide in November 2016 and that now can be experienced in Colombia as well.

"This option allows people to carry out handcrafted activities driven by local hosts and help both residents and travelers to experience the cities in other ways and immerse themselves in local communities," the brand said in a statement.

This option is not unique in Colombia. In Latin America, the function is available in the following countries: Cuba, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Costa Rica, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. As the company explained in a statement, the service is offered in categories such as art, classes and workshops, sports, history, food and drink, among others. They added that there are currently 1,200 experiences available on the web platform.

"Those who carry out 'Experiences' from the platform immerse themselves authentically in the community and at the same time help residents to become hospitality entrepreneurs by earning extra money by sharing their skills and passions. Globally, there are more than 10,000 experiences available in 180 cities. The goal of the company by the end of 2018 is to reach more than 1,000 destinations including unique places such as Easter Island, Tasmania and Iceland, "Airbnb said in a statement.

Days after this announcement, some representatives of the tourist media expressed to the media their concern because this type of function increases the informality of the sector.

This article was written and published in Spanish and has been translated into English via Google Translate. Click here to read the original article.

 

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