LOS ANGELES — Airbnb wants to take a much more active role in planning your vacation.
The company is launching a redesigned version of its app with a new Trips feature that allows users to plan out their entire trip, not just their their accommodations, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky announced at the company’s annual Airbnb Open conference Thursday. Airbnb is rolling out the new features in 12 cities, including Detroit, San Francisco, Miami, Paris, London, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Nairobi, and Seoul, and plans to expand to more cities soon.
The app also includes a Places feature that helps you find tips on places to go and things to do that are curated by local hosts. Places is meant to provide travelers with “insider guides” that include recommendations that wouldn’t appear in most guidebooks or other tourist resources. Airbnb is also adding restaurant reservations to its app — via a partnership with Resy — so you can book tables as you browse recommendations.
Trips is live now in the Airbnb app in 12 cities: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Detroit, Havana, London, Paris, Florence, Nairobi, Cape Town, Tokyo and Seoul but the company plans to expand to 50 cities soon and the CEO said their goal is to eventually have Trips available everywhere Airbnb is.