Momentum and the movement

“The state of the home sharing movement is strong and getting stronger.” That was the message delivered by Airbnb Head of Global Policy and Public Affairs Chris Lehane to 1,000 Airbnb hosts assembled in Los Angeles for AO16, Airbnb’s annual community gathering.

The state of the home sharing movement is strong and getting stronger.

One year ago, at AO15, Airbnb launched the home sharing movement. Today, Lehane confirmed we have exceeded our own goal, establishing 109 Home Sharing Clubs at this writing, including 68 Clubs within the United States and 41 outside it. Also in 2016, the movement had sent nearly 355,000 emails to elected officials, more than 14,000 meetings occurred between Airbnb organizers and hosts, and more than 4,300 US Airbnb hosts had met with local elected officials, all as of October. Our progress in helping local governments around the world realize the revenue and other benefits of home sharing will be detailed in a forthcoming policy report, Lehane said.

Airbnb executives at AO16 also confirmed that more than 140 million guest arrivals have occurred through the online platform since the company’s founding in 2008. The platform now offers 3 million listings.

Today, Lehane confirmed we have exceeded our own goal, establishing 109 Home Sharing Clubs.

In his presentation, Lehane noted how the convergence of four trends will transform the planet within a matter of years, with home sharing both reflecting and contributing to all four. The sharing economy of people-to-people transactions—trend #1— will grow exponentially, boosted by a supportive Millennial generation—trend #2—which is the largest generation of adults in history and which prioritizes experiences such as travel over ownership and consumption. Technological advances including the growing power of smartphones and the spread of broadband will help produce truly Information Age cities—trend #3—and as trend #4, help connect all people, everywhere.

In every era, Lehane noted, societies undergo transformations that require the development of new approaches and new rules. Each era sees its movements for change. “Our era is no different,” he said.

Each era sees its movements for change.

All told, between the growth of the home sharing movement and the launch of Trips, Airbnb’s most significant product move since our founding eight years ago, the momentum for home sharing and its power to help transform has been on display this week in Los Angeles as both undeniable and unstoppable because home sharing reflects the way people want to live, work and travel in the 21st century.

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