Airbnb, Inc. (AIR-BEE-en-BEE) is an American company that operates an online marketplace for lodging, primarily homestays for vacation rentals, and tourism activities.
The company has been criticized for enabling bait-and-switch scams, being involved in West Bank settlements, possibly driving up home rents and creating nuisances for those living near leased properties.
The company is regulated by many jurisdictions, including the European Union and cities such as San Francisco and New York City.
Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world — online or from a mobile phone. Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 33,000 cities and 192 countries. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetize their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions. No global movement springs from individuals. It takes an entire team united behind something big. Together, we work hard, we laugh a lot, we brainstorm nonstop, we use hundreds of Post-Its a week, and we give the best high-fives in town. Headquartered in San Francisco, we have satellite offices in Dublin, London, Barcelona, Paris, Milan, Copenhagen, Berlin, Moscow, São Paolo, Sydney, and Singapore.
- Parent Company Launch date: August 2008; 13 years ago (2008-08) in San Francisco, California, U.S.
- Product Launch: 2008
- Founder: Brian CheskyJoe GebbiaNathan Blecharczyk
- Estimated Monthly Visitors: over-1b
- Telephone number: (415) 800-5959
- Domain name: airbnb.com
- Owner: Airbnb, Inc.
- Company Type: Public company
- Country of operation: Worldwide