Since its initial founding in San Francisco in 2008, Airbnb has become nothing short of a juggernaut in the travel industry. For the many individuals out there wishing to travel around the many corners of the world, Airbnb is almost a godsend. And for those who wish to rent out an extra room in their home or perhaps rent out a guest house for a few nights, Airbnb provided an excellent marketplace to earn an additional and very reliable source of income.

 

Airbnb is worldwide, with 3,000,000 lodging listings in 65,000 cities and 191 countries. And don’t you think that those three million listings on Airbnb are boring houses in a boring neighborhood. Being very convenient along with creative, Airbnb gives you access to stay in every type of structure from a six-person yurt near the Alps in France and even a gosh darn castle in Scotland. Yeah, try not to give a roaring William Wallace-like speech while you’re in a legitimate and very historic Scottish castle.

 

From a hospitality business standpoint, Airbnb is certainly letting themselves be known to the mammoth hotel chains of the world. HVS Consulting & Valuation estimated that the major hotel chains combined lost approximately $450 million to potential guests who decided to use Airbnb’s services instead. On top of that, in between September 2014 and August 2015, 480,000 hotel room nights were reserved while over 2.8 million room nights were booked on Airbnb.

 

Recently in a brilliant move to expand their reaches and influences in the hospitality industry, Airbnb has added a brand new restaurant feature to their itinerary planning services. Along with their “Homes” and “Experiences” options, the new “Restaurants” option is a collaboration between Airbnb themselves and Resy, a popular restaurant reservation-making app. With the service, guests may pick from an incredibly wide variety of restaurants with an equally as wide price budget. A dinner at Osteria Cicchetti in Raleigh, North Carolina could run someone about $20 while a dinner at the fine dining restaurant Canlis in Seattle could run someone $110 and there are plenty more options in between.

 

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Another especially interesting quality about Airbnb’s new “Restaurants” option is that possibly every genre and subgenre of food and restaurants are present. Everything from American Comfort, to Modern Israeli, to Spanish Tapas and whatever New American is. Probably just avocado everything.

 

Still, you may also pair perhaps a wine tasting or even a food pairing with certain restaurants. And it’s a smart move overall that Airbnb will be moving into the restaurant game considering how Airbnb affects the food and beverage departments of hotels. With less guests staying in traditional hotels and choosing Airbnb instead, the many restaurants inside hotels have lost a large sum of money. According to that same report run by HVS Consulting and Valuation, about $108 million have been lost from the food and beverage departments of hotels due to  guests choosing Airbnb instead.

 

Food and beverage go hand-in-hand with a good experience, a field that Airbnb has grown to have a excellent knowledge of. And if you base your hypothesis based off prior trends that Airbnb has caused in the hospitality industry, then Airbnb will profit greatly from this recent collaboration with Resy.

 

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