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STAY, THE GAY WAY

HOLIDAY HOME RENTAL SERVICE MISTER B&B WAS FOUNDED IN 2013 AND SINCE THEN ITS POPULARITY HAS EXPLODED. WE CHAT WITH CO-FOUNDER MATTHIEU JOST TO DISCOVER THE SECRET TO ITS SUCCESS

Before Airbnb revolutionised the holiday rental market in 2008, you might have balked at the idea of letting a complete stranger rent out your apartment for a week. Indeed you might have been equally as dubious about the idea of jetting off to stay in a stranger’s room yourself. Sure, the Couchsurfing service had already been running for several years, but its focus on staying on a host’s couch for the night appealed more to backpackers and was markedly different to Airbnb’s payment model. With Airbnb, homeowners could make some extra money from a spare room and guests could save on expensive hotel rates; it was a win-win situation. Th e site’s uptake was swift and global and quickly became a phenomenal success.

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