The EMEA region generates more than half of Airbnb’s business globally, and in this article, Skift interviews Airbnb’s EMEA managing director.

He speaks about the battle with Booking; growing the business yet further in Europe; celebrating Airbnb’s 10-year anniversary; the differences between Airbnb and the other OTAs; treating hosts as part of a community; charging low fees to hosts; offering personal and unique experiences for guests from locals who know the area; building sustainable, authentic travel experiences; launching searches across four new categories – including Vacation Home, Unique, B&Bs and Boutiques; expanding Airbnb Trips; diversifying  tourism towards areas that haven’t benefited from travel previously; overtourism and keeping within local legislation; and the rise of Airbnb Plus and Airbnb Experiences.

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