Airbnb is acquiring Accomable, the two-year-old startup which helps users find accessible rentals and hotels, often referred to as the “Airbnb of accessible travel”, for an undisclosed sum.
Accomable has more than 1,100 listings in 60 countries, while Airbnb has more than 4 million in more than 191. Unlike Airbnb, Accomable takes commission only from hosts.
The move to acquire the London-based company could have been prompted by Airbnb’s desire to address criticisms that its platform neglects the needs of disabled travellers. Accomable verifies every listing on its platform but searchable “wheelchair accessible” listings on Airbnb are not always verified. As part of plans recently announced to improve its approach to accessibility, new tools will allow Airbnb hosts to note whether their properties have such elements as step-free entry to rooms, or doorways wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair.