Airbnb revises site searches with rental categories

Airbnb said Wednesday it was revamping the way consumers search for rental listings, adding dozens of categories including “chef’s kitchens” and “historic homes” to its current listings, which are primarily searched by location. .

The company will also allow people to book shared stays between homes and it has promised new protections for renters when listings fall short of advertised promises.

Airbnb said the changes will help people find listings they didn’t know existed before and in places they hadn’t considered, reducing pressure on overtourism in popular destinations.

CEO Brian Chesky called it the biggest change to the company’s site in a decade.

The changes are rolling out this week, in time for what Airbnb expects to be a strong summer season for rentals. Last week, the company expected second-quarter revenue to top $2 billion, above previous analyst expectations. Nights and experiences booked in the first quarter topped 100 million for the first time in company history.

Visitors to the Airbnb site will see listings organized into 56 categories, including proximity to attractions such as a beach, activity such as skiing or surfing, or by home style.

The split-stay feature will allow people to book two different homes in the same area on one trip or rent two different places in one category, such as two separate national parks on the same trip. The San Francisco-based company also said all reservations will include a promise to find a similar or better home or a refund if the host cancels a reservation within 30 days of check-in or if the listing fails to deliver on its promises. , like having fewer bedrooms. than advertised.

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