In 2015, booking.com quietly began offering the ‘homestay’ option on its platform. This allowed individual hosts offering holiday homes a chance to access booking.com’s significant short-term rental traffic. For a company so well-known for finding low prices on hotel rooms, this move may have seemed counterintuitive. But as word spreads, savvy hosts have learned that booking.com may be an excellent platform to list their short-term rental properties with, especially in the Middle East.
One of the fastest growing categories within the Airbnb platform is business travellers. Although Airbnb wasn’t originally designed for these guests, business travellers have quickly caught on that this is often their best choice for accommodations business trips. And it adds additional value to those hosting with Airbnb Dubai as business travellers book up available listings.