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Airbnb takes credit for restaurant boost

21 September, 2017, 21:59 | Author: Nadine Todd
  • More than just a stay

Starting today, Airbnb users in the United States can book a tablet at nearly 650 restaurants across the country.

The brand new feature has already launched in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Miami, Charleston, Austin, Seattle, Hamptons, Denver, Portland, Raleigh/Durham, Atlanta, New Orleans, Nashville and Napa.

The restaurants presented on Airbnb's app will be curated by Resy, and the companies are considering offering special features like prix fixe menus only for Airbnb travelers. The company is also working on translating it across multiple languages.

Users can search for restaurants by cuisine, time of day or use a map view to find restaurants in the neighborhood where they're staying. And given that more than 50 percent of bookings made over the last 12 months were for global trips, the new booking feature doubles as a restaurant guide for travelers who may be unfamiliar with the best local eateries. Options will include local favorites and award-winning destinations.

An accompanying survey shows almost half of travelers from the US prefer restaurants that have been recommended by the local population.

Its report, which focuses on 44 cities worldwide, claims that Airbnb guests generated $6.5 billion for restaurants around the world in the last 12 months.

Big news on the dining scene: Airbnb and Resy announced this morning that they've teamed up to allow tourists (and hungry locals) easy access to our country's best restaurants.

Currently, about half of Americans who eat at restaurants when traveling say they usually choose a restaurant by asking the hotel concierge.

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