Post by High Priestess on Mar 18, 2017 15:43:06 GMT
What do you think...how will nations in Africa regulate Airbnb...or not?
Airbnb expects to maintain its rapid growth in Africa this year and double its customer numbers to 1.5 million, its Chief Executive Brian Chesky and regional head told Reuters on Friday.
The number of people using the online room rental service on the continent rose by 143 percent to about 765,000 guests in 2016 from the year before, said Nicola D'Elia, Airbnb's Africa and Middle East chief.
"If you just look at 2017, it's going to double, you will have 1.5 million people at the end of this year," added D'Elia.
Airbnb CEO Chesky confirmed that Airbnb expected to double African customer numbers this year.
"Certainly that would be the forecast," he said in an interview in Cape Town, adding: "This is literally just the beginning. It is still relatively under-penetrated."
Chesky said the company had 77,000 homes across Africa - out of a total of 3 million globally - but that it could easily have "hundreds of thousands" in a continent that's home to over a billion people.