Airbnb Is ‘Good for Lonely People’

I found an interesting quote from Barry Diller reprinted by Peter Kafka in All Things D.

It’s certainly an interesting point, because – as many of us know — just the idea of traveling alone can be enough to dissuade many people from leaving home. Services such as Airbnb, Wimdu, Bookings, and HomeAway may be more enticing options to those who otherwise would have chosen not to travel outside their comfort zone.

Airbnb Is Good for Lonely People, Says Barry DillerNOVEMBER 15, 2013 AT 10:37 AM

Peter Kafka / All Things D

Airbnb is primarily additive. I don’t think it’s stealing much share from urban hotels. I think it’s serving people who didn’t travel because they were scared, or couldn’t afford it, or use it because it’s an antidote to loneliness. A room in someone’s house is not as valuable as a room at the Helmsley.

IAC’s Barry Diller, whose portfolio includes both Expedia and Match.com, talking to Bloomberg Businessweek.

It’s certainly an interesting point, because — as many of us know — just the idea of traveling alone can be enough to dissuade many people from leaving home. Services such as Airbnb, Wimdu, Booking and HomeAway may be more enticing options to those who otherwise would have chosen not to travel outside their comfort zone.

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