Airbnb has partnered with Wego, an online travel marketplace in the Middle East and North Africa, to include Airbnb property listings on Wego search results in a move to offer users more accommodation choices.
Travellers using the Wego metasearch apps and websites can access a wide range of local homes and other alternative accommodation options in destinations worldwide including Dubai, Beirut, Amman, Marrakech, London, Paris and New York.
To access the listings, Wego users have to enter their destination city and dates of travel, and to follow the recommended filters to search for Airbnb vacation rentals.
Speaking about the collaboration with Wego, Airbnb general manager for MEA Hadi Moussa said: “We are delighted to join hands with Wego to widen travel options for Wego’s MENA-inbound and MENA-based users. The high quality range of properties on Airbnb will be a great addition for Wego customers who are seeking new accommodation options and experiences, and want to live like a local. We are confident that this partnership will be welcomed by Wego users and will contribute to diversifying the hospitality business in the region.”
Hotels at Wego director Anna Trushkina said the partnership will help expand the alternative accommodation options to cater to the demand the company sees 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. We also know that many families from the GCC place a premium on privacy when travelling. Based on all of this we think that private homes, villas and apartments are a great fit for the needs of the market,” she added.