TTME SEPTEMBER 2018 -PG -18

Wego partners with Airbnb

In order to provide more choices of accommodation for its Middle East clientele, Wego signed a partnership with Airbnb, thereby enabling more properties to appear on the Wego search results.

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With the addition of listings on Airbnb, travellers using the Wego metasearch apps and websites will have easier access to a wide range of local homes and other unique types of accommodation in destinations worldwide. Wego users simply have to enter their destination city and dates of travel, and follow the recommended filters to search for a wide array of Airbnb vacation rentals. This announcement comes at a time when MENA based travellers and inbound visitors to the MENA region have demonstrated an appetite for cost-effective holiday options.

As the leading travel metasearch player across the MENA region, Wego helps users to quickly compare the widest possible range of accommodation options available in the marketplace, including hotels, serviced apartments, homes and villas and to compare rates across local and global travel agencies, hotel direct websites and other merchants. Airbnb’s accommodation marketplace offers access to millions of places to stay in more than 191 countries, from apartments and villas to castles and treehouses.

Speaking about the collaboration with Wego, Hadi Moussa, General Manager—MEA, Airbnb said, “The high quality range of properties on Airbnb will be a great addition for Wego customers who are seeking new accommodation experiences. We are confident that this partnership will contribute to diversifying the hospitality business in the region.”

Anna Trushkina, Director—Hotels at Wego commented, “This partnership will significantly expand the supply of alternative accommodation on Wego and is perfectly matched with types of demand we see from Saudi Arabia and other GCC markets. Analysis of search and booking data from across the 60 countries worldwide that Wego operates, shows that users from GCC countries have the longest length of stay, highest spend per night and most frequent instance of multiple room bookings to accommodate family groups. Based on all of this, we think that private homes, villas and apartments are a great fit for the needs of the market.”

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