Airbnb today announces the launch of its new Trips platform in Paris, adding 100 bookable local Experiences, almost 50 insider recommendations and social meet ups to the thousands of homes available to stay in.
For visitors, Trips is a way to experience a different side of the city, immersing themselves in local communities. While for cities, it can help to diversify tourism away from busy city centers and allow local people to participate and benefit from tourism by sharing skills and making a little extra money from their interests and passions. Trips brings together where you stay, what you do and the people you meet all into one place and all powered by local people. It is a great way for Parisians to discover new things to do and meet new people.
Within the Trips Platform, Places includes insider recommendations, known as guidebooks, from neighborhood residents and cultural experts on the hidden gems that only locals know about, as well as the chance to socialize with other travelers and locals through Meet Up events.
The 50 new guidebooks in Paris will bring around 450 new places for travelers to discover, including curated food Experiences from craft beers to where to eat on Sundays, unusual shopping with artisan ateliers and unexpected recommendations, such as where to rest.
Other examples include:
- Christophe Barbier (Journalist) – Scarf shops
- Mehdi Ben Cheikh (Gallery director) – Street art
- Jeanne Damas (Designer and model) – Jewelry shops
- Alain Ducasse (Chef) – Where foodies shop
- Hélène Duval (Yoga teacher) – Yoga studios
- Elisa Gallois (Mom and blogger) – Kid’s activities
- Pierre Hermé (Pastry chef) – Shops for sweets
- Baptiste Lecaplain (Actor and comedian) – Where to see comedy
- Blanca Li (Choreographer and dancer) – Where to dance
- Frédéric Mazzella (CEO, BlaBlaCar) – Quick day trips
- Erwann Menthéour (CEO, Fitnext) – Healthy eats
- Michel Mimran (CMO, Paris Saint Germain football club) – Football fan hangouts
- Viktoria Minya (Perfumer) – Places that smell sublime
- Gaël Monfils (Pro tennis player) – City workouts
- Fany Péchodiat (CEO, My Little Paris) – Vintage decor
- Didier Rappaport (CEO, Happn) – Date spots
- Morgane Sézalory (Founder of Sézane) – Women’s fashion
- Hapsatou Sy (Entrepreneur) – Beauty and spas
- Benoit Thiriot (Running coach) – Scenic runs
- Martha Von Krupp (Cabaret dancer) – Lingerie shops
Places also includes three new Meet Ups for Paris, bringing together like minded people to restaurants, bars and cafes (like Café A, Au Reve, and La Colonie) to have a drink and discuss and share tips on the best way to explore a city.
Experiences – Paris, off the beaten track
There are now over 100 bookable Experiences available on Airbnb in Paris. Experience Hosts, including local passionate residents, experts and professional tour guides, are signing up regularly. Experiences offer unprecedented access to local passions and interests, such as learning to sculpt with the city as your muse with Alexandre, laughing your way through the Louvre with Cédrik, or mingling at the market with foodie enthusiast Natasha.
Other examples include:
Violin whisperers – Anne & Frédéric
Sweet tooth – Fanny
Nude drawing session – Jonathan
Floral styling secret – Pauline
Sculpted in time – Alexandre
African fashion in the city – Chayet
City vineyard – Julien & Adrien
Dinner at Les Frigos Art Space – Émilie
BHV MARAIS launches a brand new gardening Experience on Paris’ most envied rooftop
Exclusive to Airbnb, the Experience invites guests to the vegetable rooftop garden “Jardin Perché”. The host, Marie, will walk them through the innovative vertical gardening system, they will take part in the harvesting of the plants, and finish off with a tasting of the fruits and vegetables produced on-site. The Experience will be available from May to October.
Airbnb Trips unlock the City of Light: from a home, to secret locations curated by locals to the most exclusive Experiences hosted by the people who make Paris, Paris. There is so much more to the City of Lights than the popular tourist trails around the city center and we are thrilled for hosts to be offering Experiences and for local experts to share their hidden gems to international travelers and Parisians.
Emmanuel Marill, Director of Airbnb France
Airbnb unveiled Trips last November, initially launching in 12 cities with a second phase launching in 2017 with 39 extra cities included.
Founded in 2008, Airbnb’s mission is to create a world where people can belong anywhere they travel, connecting with local cultures and enjoying unique travel experiences. Through its platform, it allows people looking for accommodation to connect with others with available space, from apartments and houses to castles or treehouses, in more than 34,000 cities and 191 countries. With Experiences, Airbnb offers unprecedented access to communities and local interests, while Places allows people to discover the hidden gems of the city through the recommendations of people who live there. Airbnb is people-powered and the easiest way to earn extra money with available space in a house or sharing passions, interests and cities.
Members of the Paris community willing to host a unique and exclusive Experience can request to list it on: https://www.airbnb.com/host/experiences