Airbnb’s experiences for Qtown
‘‘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.