Airbnb’s ex­pe­ri­ences for Qtown

Central Otago Mirror - - OUT & ABOUT - DASHA KUPRIENKO

‘‘We think this is very pow­er­ful eco­nom­i­cally but this is re­ally about the great ex­pe­ri­ence.’’

Airbnb has launched its first New Zealand Ex­pe­ri­ence des­ti­na­tion as the com­pany di­ver­si­fies its of­fer­ings.

Now op­er­at­ing in 191 coun­tries with over three mil­lion prop­er­ties reg­is­tered, Airbnb is mov­ing beyond be­ing an ac­com­mo­da­tion provider to be­gin of­fer­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

Queen­stown was cho­sen as the 20th global Airbnb Ex­pe­ri­ence lo­ca­tion and the first in NZ.

Ten ex­pe­ri­ences in­clude bee keep­ing, wine-mak­ing, cof­feemak­ing and alpine heli­copter runs. Airbnb’s prod­uct global vice pres­i­dent Joe Zadeh said the fo­cus was to cre­ate a con­nec­tion with a host, to em­power and in­spire each other.

‘‘The ex­pan­sion from homes to things to do was largely in­spired by us spend­ing so much time with our hosts.’’

About four years ago Airbnb started work­ing on the Ex­pe­ri­ence project.

‘‘This is very pow­er­ful eco­nom­i­cally, but this is re­ally about the great ex­pe­ri­ence.’’

Kingston’s Pa­trick Dod­son and Emma-Kate Hall will host three Airbnb ex­pe­ri­ences: Grass­roots Gourmet, For­age and Feast and The Home Brewista. The pair are en­thu­si­as­tic about food and drinks and will share their knowl­edge with groups of up to six peo­ple sev­eral times a month.

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