AirBNB, an offshoot of the well known AirBnB, LLC, is a new offering from the company that owns and operates the popular Bed and Breakfasts business. AirBNB, or now called simply AirBnB, is an American rental property online market enterprise based in San Francisco, California, United States of America. AirBNB, like the other two major bed and breakfasts, operate as apartment community websites. AirBNB, like the other two major bed and breakfasts, operate through an online application or a dedicated website. Both are free to use.
AirBNB, like the Bed and Breakfasts offer a free listing service and an inventory service. The inventory service is available for renting out properties from the site. AirBNB keeps track of all the homes in real estate that has been put up for rent by customers through their website and has listed almost 8 million apartments and homes. This makes AirBNB one of the largest networks of short-term stay hosts in the world, with over one million rooms in their database.
There is one unique aspect of AirBNB that sets it apart from the other B&B brands. AirBNB is essentially a travel platform. The idea behind AirBNB is that when it comes to securing a room for guests, they do not have to worry about finding houses that can accommodate their guests. Instead, they can contact local hosts directly and book a room without having to go through a traditional booking process like an agent would.
Another risk associated with AirBNB is the possibility of a global pandemic. Since AirBNB hosts are directly associated with local hosts, it is possible that if a city that has a high percentage of AirBNB rentals experiences a bad outbreak of anything from the flu to swine flu, it could greatly impact the number of clients who can be accommodated through AirBNB. This would also lead to higher costs for the AirBNB owners as well as for the customers since more people would need to be booked. While it may seem like a good idea to book as many rooms as possible, it is important to remember that if the pandemic spreads, it could very well hit the entire city. This means that the costs from increased bookings would have to be spread out to multiple cities which may make booking difficult in some areas.
On top of this, there is also the chance of AirBNB being hacked into. Hackers often target personal data. However, while most hosts are equipped with strong passwords, it is still possible for them to be hacked. If a large percentage of the AirBNB inventory is below a certain amount, it may be a good idea for the owners of the properties to switch to AirBNB as opposed to keeping their rooms on the premises. It is also a good idea for hosts to inform their guests of the possibility of AirBNB being used by hackers. Many hosts are doing just that to avoid hefty fines imposed by the local airport for using an unsecured facility.
Hosts should keep in mind that even though AirBNB’s reputation has been damaged in some areas, it is still the best option available for vacationers looking for a place to stay. There is a larger range of properties available through AirBNB than through other sources and many properties have a better standard of cleanliness and maintenance than their counterparts in other places. While there are some differences, both in price and in the level of service they provide, the overall conclusion is that AirBNB is a much safer option to use compared to staying in a traditional hotel.