Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world — online or from a mobile phone.
Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 34,000 cities and 190 countries. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetize their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions.
A World of Belonging
Imagine seeing a world without strangers. What would that look like around the world? And what would that mean for you?
While we provide unique local experiences, a sense of belonging, and fewer strangers around the world, we wanted a dynamic way to showcase just how small and friendly the world can be with Airbnb. To do so, we’ve designed a new, interactive map that showcases Airbnb activity around the globe, with real-time action illustrated in motion from our #OneLessStranger movement, global hotspots, guest check-ins, and recent milestones including a most recent one this New Year’s Eve. (On December 31, 2014, we diminished the number of strangers in the world with nearly 550K travelers using Airbnb to stay in over 190 countries. Our biggest night yet!)
Within the map, you can click to see activity around our #OneLessStranger movement and click on the designated icons to see what our community is doing with the challenge. We’ve seen so many acts of kindness around the world—from Vicky in Toronto who made sure to kick off a stranger’s 2015 on the right foot with a hangover cure gift pack, to an EMT who made friends with Patty Blank as she delivered chili during a snowy winter day. The movement has inspired all types of people, and all kinds of creative acts, and this map is where you can see them playing out, in real-time, as they happen.
The map displays travelers checking in on Airbnb all over the world, along with other interesting activity. Of those 550K guests checking in on New Year’s Eve, 91K were new guests using Airbnb for the first time. We had 22K new hosts opening their home to travelers, adding to our global community of over 1 million places to stay. For contrast, just five years ago, we had roughly 2K people using Airbnb on this night. People celebrated at their Airbnb listing in their own unique ways — we saw 10 engagements happen at Airbnb listings in Manhattan alone. And some chose a more unique way of travel, with 133 Airbnb guests choosing to stay in boats around Amsterdam to ring in the New Year. Here in the U.S., guests from New York represented the largest group of visitors to Mexico City for the holiday.
“Part of the challenge of building this experience was thinking through how we can marry the scale of Airbnb experiences happening around the globe with the nature of these experiences. The connections people are making are deeply human and personal. So we decided to take a somewhat whimsical and playful approach with the map, bringing life through figures and geographic elements that represent the diversity of the planet.”
-Andrew Schapiro, Head of Art Department
This is just a hint of what’s been happening in the New Year… and to think it’s just the beginning.
Explore the map www.airbnb.com/map today and everyday to see how our community is bringing people together around the world. Anyone can be a part of this map by booking a trip on Airbnb or contributing to the One Less Stranger movement.