Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

Airbnb brings Trips to Queenstown


Airbnb brings Trips to Queenstown
Travel platform expands beyond accommodation,
with the launch of local Experiences

FRIDAY 31ST MARCH, 2017 - QUEENSTOWN: Airbnb is making it easier for New Zealanders to share their world with others by expanding beyond accommodation with the launch of Trips, which brings together where you stay, what you do and the people you meet, all into one platform.

As the most significant development in Airbnb’s eight-year history, Trips is one platform that offers amazing homes, authentic local experiences, tips, social events and recommendations from local insiders.

Originally launched in 12 cities around the world, Airbnb is now expanding Trips to New Zealand with an initial focus on Queenstown. Starting today, fellow Kiwis and travellers can choose from close to ten curated Queenstown-based activities designed and led by local experts, including donning a bee suit and gloves, and getting up close to an active beehive where you might even spot the Queen Bee, to getting your adrenaline fix with a Helicopter Mountain Run.

Vice President of Product and one of Airbnb’s first employees, Joe Zadeh, unveiled the news in New Zealand today.

“Since we launched Trips at Airbnb Open last November, we’ve been overwhelmed by the positive feedback and interest we’re seeing from hosts and travellers alike. Everyone is eager to experience a different side of a city whilst immersing themselves in local communities,” he said.

“Trips gives people travelling to Queenstown the opportunity to feel like they can truly belong anywhere - which is integral to Airbnb’s global community. For locals in Queenstown, they can participate in and contribute to local tourism, sharing their skills and favourite experiences with others, whilst making a little extra money from their interests and passions. It’s a great way for people to discover new things to do, meet new people, and play tourist in their own backyard.”

Through people-powered hospitality, Airbnb has transformed where people stay, taking this same approach to the rest of guests’ trips. Designed to make travel both easy and magical, Trips covers several key areas including; Experiences and Homes.

Experiences offer unprecedented access to locals sharing their passions and interests, with almost ten now available to book online. From everyday Kiwis to professional tour guides, New Zealanders are embracing the share economy, delivering Experiences that are in keeping with Airbnb’s culture and quality standards. A few of these include:
Take to the skies with the Helicopter Mountain Run adventure of a lifetime! Enjoy a scenic helicopter trip over snowcapped mountains and eventually land in the middle of some of the most untouched land in the world. Here you’ll lace up the trail runners and make your way out of the mountains returning to Queenstown for a well-earned beverage.
Step inside a jewellery workshop and learn how to use the tools of the trade to make personalised jewels.
From pouring the perfect espresso to discovering specialty lattes, learn the art of making a delicious coffee and create your own signature blend whilst overlooking Lake Wakatipu.
Experience wine tasting in three exclusive vineyards not typically opened to the public. Wander through the vines and go behind the scenes of boutique wineries where your host will teach you about how premium wines are made in the Gibbston Valley.

Homes
With three million homes available to book across 191 countries, Airbnb offers the largest and most diverse range of unique accommodation options for travellers. In New Zealand alone, there are 19,000 listings, with 2,000 local properties in Queenstown available for visitors to choose from.

Airbnb Country Manager - New Zealand and Regional Manager for Trips, Sam McDonagh, commented on the range of newly unearthed Experiences now available for New Zealanders to book.

“Since Trips launched last year, the local Airbnb team has been busy working with the travel industry, local experts and businesses, as well as everyday Kiwis, to uncover experiences that best showcase this great city, and we’re only just getting started,” he said.

“Whether you’re interested in food and wine, cultural discoveries or new adventures, Trips offers people the opportunity to share their passions, whilst gaining unprecedented access to our global community and places that they would otherwise never have known.

“Over the coming weeks and months, we’ll continue to add more Experiences to the Trips platform, and welcome the chance to work with the local community to share this amazing corner of the world with others.”

To experience all the new Airbnb features, simply open the Airbnb app or visit www.airbnb.co.nz.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Energy Sector: Meridian Spilled Water To Hike Electricity Prices - Authority Ruling

The Electricity Authority has found that generator Meridian Energy manipulated the power market, costing consumers about $80 million. More>>

ALSO:

XE Data Update: RBNZ Official Cash Rate Decision

The RBNZ will keep the Official Cash Rate (OCR) at 0.25%. T he key points in the RBNZ statement are: RBNZ keeps the OCR unchanged at 0.25% Maintain the LSAP (large scale asset purchase) at NZD$60 billion. Committee prepared to use additional monetary ... More>>

ALSO:

Electricity: Kiwis Ignore Promise Of Cheaper Power

Electric Kiwi and Flick Electric Co are joint winners of Canstar Blue’s award for Most Satisfied Customers | Electricity Providers From putting on an extra layer – rather than turning on a heater – to turning off lights and choosing the energy-saving ... More>>

ALSO:

Economy: COVID-19 Contributes To 1.6 Percent Fall In March Quarter GDP

Gross domestic product (GDP) fell 1.6 percent in the March 2020 quarter, the largest drop in 29 years, as the initial effects of COVID-19 restrictions impacted on economic activity, Stats NZ said today. This quarter’s GDP results showed a widespread drop ... More>>

ALSO:


Electricity: Transmission Pricing For A Low Carbon Future

The Electricity Authority has decided on new guidelines for transmission pricing. James Stevenson-Wallace, Chief Executive of the Electricity Authority says the new guidelines will deliver significant benefits to consumers, through lower electricity ... More>>

ALSO:

ASB: Investor Confidence Falls To Four-Year Low

As the world grapples with the fallout from the most significant pandemic the world has seen in a century, economic concerns are weighing on investors, dragging investor confidence down to a four-year low in the first quarter of the year. For the three ... More>>

ALSO:

Science Media Centre: Funding For R&D In New Zealand – Expert Reaction

Research, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Megan Woods has today announced $401.3 million funding for research and development through Budget 2020 and the COVID Response and Recovery Fund. The fund includes $150 million for an R&D loan scheme, ... More>>

ALSO:


Science: 2019 Prime Minister’s Science Prizes Announced

The 2019 Prime Minister’s Science Prizes have been announced in a digital livestream event today. The Prizes recognise the impact of science on New Zealanders’ lives, celebrate the achievements of current scientists and encourage scientists of the ... More>>

ALSO:


RNZ: Fuel, Alcohol Costs To Go Up From Today

The increase today in the taxes on fuel, road user charges and alcohol is being called a tone-deaf move. More>>

ALSO:

Stardome Observatory: Young Kiwi Astro-Photographer Shoots For The Stars

Matariki by Josh Kirkley. The stars are aligning for up-and-coming Auckland-based astro-photographer Josh Kirkley (Kāi Tahu). During lockdown, one of his images was picked up by NASA and shared on the space agency’s Instagram to its 59.2 million ... More>>


DCANZ: Time For EU To Commit To A Level Playing Field For Trade

The Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand (DCANZ) has welcomed New Zealand Trade Minister David Parker’s statement that it is unacceptable for New Zealand exporters to continue facing an ‘unlevel playing field’ in the EU. Details leaked ... More>>

ALSO:

Potatoes New Zealand: Protecting NZ Fries As Part Of PNZ Pandemic Recovery & Transformation Plan

Potatoes New Zealand has met with Minister Faafoi this week to discuss investigating the potential importation of heavily discounted frozen potato chips into New Zealand. With MBIE’s support we are undertaking an investigation to gather evidence of the ... More>>

ALSO:


New Zealand Government: Supporting Kiwi Businesses To Resolve Rent Disputes

The Government will legislate to ensure businesses that suffered as a result of the COVID-19 response will get help to resolve disputes over commercial rent issues, Justice Minister Andrew Little announced today. More>>

ALSO:


Science Media Centre: Understanding 5G Concerns – Expert Q&A


Recent attacks on cell phone towers have brought concerns over the rollout of 5G technology into sharp relief.
While scientific research has consistently shown that the technology does not adversely affect human health, public concerns about its impact have spread around the world, fueled in part by growing misinformation online. The SMC asked experts to comment... More>>

ALSO:


Trade: Record Monthly Surplus As Imports Dive

Imports in April 2020 had their biggest fall since October 2009, resulting in a monthly trade surplus of $1.3 billion, Stats NZ said today. “This is the largest monthly trade surplus on record and the annual goods trade deficit is the lowest ... More>>

ALSO: