As trailed here in the summer of 2017, Airbnb is close to announcing its newest product, Airbnb Select, which invites certain hosts with high ratings and reviews to be part of a curated collection of listings that undergo an inspection, including particular amenities and safety features, and professional photography process.

Sometimes, the invitation also includes the opportunity for those hosts to improve their homes with financial input from Airbnb, and in return these hosts’ listings will show up more prominently in searches, and rates can be set higher, currently at no cost to themselves.

The program is another marker of Airbnb’s continued progress toward becoming a comprehensive OTA or “super brand in travel”, although not all hosts so far approached have been enthusiastic about the set pricing levels and “having to do things a certain way”.

 

 

 

 

The service is believed to be launching as soon as next week.

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