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Large-scale, Airbnb-style accommodation to host event guests?

What if Airbnb hosts could partner and coordinate with event hosts to rent out their accommodations during the event? Guests would benefit from the local experience and locals would have a guaranteed revenue stream throughout the duration of the event. Or would this be too much of a logistical nightmare?

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Mark Russell
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  • Could also add the airbnb experiences, people who want to share their view of the city, a type of eco-tourism boost could work here also.

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    Yasmina Lembachar
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  • If not the guests, maybe the event's performers or speakers? Though maybe security/privacy issues could arise in that case.

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    Melanie Wijnands
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  • legislation on Airbnb is tightening in prime locations like Amsterdam and New York

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    Keely Malady
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  • I love the simplicity of this to provide accomodation in areas Airbnb doesnt already service well - it's alot like the old model of billetting evet guests to a local family, a method used by schools and community groups to keep costs low and conversations high during the guest's stay in the event location.

    Yasmina Lembachar
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  • A lot of study abroad programmes still use this model to match students with host families throughout their stay! I wonder if there are areas in Glasgow that could benefit from this? @Circular Glasgow

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    Georgina Chamberlain
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  • I think a lot people naturally turn to Airbnb as a possible accommodation source. To cater for the swell of people, perhaps Airbnb could offer simple temporary signup packages to help people who may not want to be Airbnb hosts all the time but are happy to do on occasion for big influx of people like Olympics, etc. Perhaps these temp hosts could be tagged as event hosts only and be supported on preparing their spare space for guests so it as easy as possible to host? Safety & security would have to be well thought through though...

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    Rebecca Ricketts - Challenge Initiator
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  • Hi Nicolas. Glasgow Convention Bureau are currently looking into this as an offering. AirBnB do have a collective contact and are open to this, which could make this a potentially viable idea. The team are now in the process of identifying what the city would need to consider to ensure the initiative, if implemented, was fully supported at city level.

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    Paul Schosseler
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  • Hi Nicolas,
    I like the ideas of providing more revenue to the locals as I am a big fan of local solutions, empowering municipalities and favouring diversity, one of the C2C principles.
    So instead of shifting the benefits and data to AirBnB, I would suggest that the City of Glasgow sets up its own IT solutions for mobilising accommodation solutions with its citizens. The benefits would easily pay off the work labor (local jobs created) and the platform could e.g. be based on an open source solution, that can be provided to other cities and municipalities (business model to be developed).
    Sharing information about local events could be much more targeted and the local communities would be reinforced as the platform could also be used for consequent events. For proudly promoting their city, more inhabitants could possibly be mobilised by such a local initiative, as they might have more trust in their local government than in a private company for hosting their data?
    Best regards,
    Paul