Dick Costolo, right, CEO of Twitter, and Brian Chesky, founder and CEO of Airbnb, shake hands at a conference earlier this year. Pic: AP Photo/Rick Bowmer
AIRBNB, THE HOSPITALITY site that lets people book and rent out accommodation, is to open its European headquarters in Dublin.
The news follows some speculation in July that it was going to centralise some of its services in a European hub. The company is valued at $2.5 billion.
The company made the announcement on its blog today, with its founder and CEO Brian Chesky saying that Airbnb has selected “this vibrant, historic city as our European home”.
Europe is Airnbnb’s largest market, and it has offices in seven cities in the region, but it wants a “regional home to bring our European teams and community together”.
Chesky said that the company will create its Hospitality Innovation Lab in Dublin, where it plans to “innovate on the customer experience”.
Dublin will also become the home for Airbnb’s European customer experience team, the team “that ensures that your trip goes delightfully smooth, and your hosting is successful”.
Chesky said that Dublin was chosen as the Irish capital “has hospitality in its DNA” and is known for its warm welcome.
But he also added that it is an emerging technology epicentre in Europe, with nearly every language represented.
Airbnb’s Dublin office is currently located on Lansdowne Road in Dublin 4. It is currently recruiting for positions in Dublin, including in the human resources, customer service and finance/accounting areas.
He also tells Airbnb users that the Dublin office will be “a little different”, as it would be a home for its community, as well as the Airbnb team.
“So if you are one of the next hundred thousand guests to visit Dublin on Airbnb, or one of our friendly new hosts, we would love to welcome you,” said Chesky.
Let’s hope they have a rather large office planned to accommodate the throngs of visitors.