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5 Airbnb Facts You Didn’t Know

We share 5 interesting Airbnb facts you probably didn't know. Read on to learn more about one of the biggest players in the shared economy space, globally.

Airbnb was founded in 2008 in San Francisco by co-founders Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia. What started as 3 inflated air beds turned into a global phenomenon in travel. Since its inception, Airbnb has been connecting property owners who have rooms or homes to rent with travellers looking for accommodation. Here are 5 interesting facts you didn't know about the world’s biggest accommodation platform.

A Global Mindset

It’s hard to fathom this but Airbnb is active in 97.95% of the world. This means that Airbnb can be found in every single country on Earth except for Iran, Sudan, Syria, and North Korea. It’s no wonder the company is worth about $30 billion.

Airbnb managed by Hometime in Mudgee Airbnb managed by Your Innkeeper, powered by Hometime, in Mudgee.

It’s Not Just Rooms And Apartments

Airbnb offers extremely unique places available to rent if you’re in an adventurous mood. They have castles, beach huts, igloos, and more than two thousand tree houses currently available on the site. You can stay in any kind of place imaginable.

Lina manages Airbnb properties in Darwin Lina is our Hosting Partner in Darwin.

The majority of hosts are women

Did you know that a whopping 55% of Airbnb hosts are women? (That’s more than 2 million hosts!). According to the platform, during covid, more than 180,000 women around the world started their hosting journey with 1 listing each. These women have earned over $600 million since then. It’s safe to say Airbnb is truly championing female entrepreneurship.

The meaning of the Airbnb logo Airbnb logo inspiration — sourced from Airbnb.

A meaningful logo

Have you ever looked at the upside heart-shaped logo and wondered what it meant? The logo is a combination of four symbols: a head, a location icon, a heart and an ‘A’. This iconic logo, officially named the Bélo, stemming from the word ‘belong’, represents people, places, and love, aligning with the company’s vision of connecting people from around the world to create a global community.

woman and cat sleeping on air mattress

Putting the “Air” in Airbnb

Airbnb was once known as Air Bed and Breakfast. The name was created based on the air mattress both founders ‘rented out’ in their apartments in order to make money during tough times. To this day, the site airbedandbreakfast.com is still working but it will redirect you to the current official website, www.airbnb.com.

Hometime was founded in 2015 by Airbnb managers who noticed a gap in the market. We realised that few Airbnb management companies know the ins and outs of the business and own Airbnbs themselves.

More than 5 years later, Hometime is the first Airbnb Official Co-Host in Australia and has managed more than 1000 homes across the country. Our full-service management solution includes guest communications, cleaning, maintenance, welcoming new guests, property inspections and Airbnb listing optimisation. We strive to help property owners earn up to 30% more and earn 5-star guest reviews.