Airbnb is making a move into restaurant reservations


Airbnb is making a move into restaurant reservations

Starting today, Airbnb users in the United States can book a tablet at nearly 650 restaurants across the country.

Airbnb is rolling out a new feature through which travelers can make restaurant reservations using its app in select markets, and Denver is one of them. While in a different country, guests might not be familiar with local reservation sites or be able to translate online systems into their own languages, the company says.

The service is available in 16 cities, including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Miami. Options will include local favorites and award-winning destinations. From there, hungry travelers can search by cuisine type, meal type, time of day or access a map view to find a restaurant nearby. Based on an Airbnb report that shows the enormous economic impact that its users make on the cities they visit-restaurant spending in Denver alone by Airbnb guests increased from $40 million to $67 million in the past year-the partnership underscores Airbnb's mission to help tourists live like locals. And given that more than 50 percent of bookings made over the last 12 months were for worldwide trips, the new booking feature doubles as a restaurant guide for travelers who may be unfamiliar with the best local eateries.

In addition to expanding the service to worldwide destinations, Airbnb hopes to introduce new dining options like exclusive tables for users and social dining experiences where guests can eat with other Airbnb travelers. Global destinations will be added in the coming months, Airbnb said in its blog post.