Airbnb tests an app that plans your trips

Fiji Sun - - Business - Feed­back: rach­nal@fi­jisun.com.fj JON FINGAS

Airbnb’s ef­forts to plan your whole trip, not just your stay, just got a lit­tle more con­crete. The home rental out­fit is test­ing an Airbnb Trips app for An­droid (an iOS ver­sion should also be in the works) that shows you what to do once you’ve un­packed your bags.

You can flip through a guide­book of lo­cal at­trac­tions, not just the tourist traps, and set an itin­er­ary to keep you mov­ing dur­ing your va­ca­tion.

The test is closed to the pub­lic, but it’s just as well. A Bloomberg source says that the fea­tures and even the name could change be­tween now and launch, so what you see now may not be rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

It’s not cer­tain just when Airbnb Trips will be ready, al­though Bloomberg be­lieves the com­pany may use its yearly con­fer­ence in Novem­ber for a de­but. The In­for­ma­tion re­cently claimed that Airbnb would kick off a pro­gram that pays hosts to rec­om­mend res­tau­rants and of­fer tours, and it wouldn’t be sur­pris­ing if the two are re­lated. One thing’s for sure: Airbnb ap­pears bent on cor­ner­ing your whole travel ex­pe­ri­ence, rather than leav­ing the tourism to out­siders like TripAd­vi­sor.

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