Airbnb: Kenyans turn homes into hotels, reap Sh500m

Corazon Chepkemboi, a Mombasa-based user of hospitality service Airbnb, spruces up a bedroom on March 21, 2019. The platform is shaking the foundations of the tourism sector in Kenya. PHOTO | KEVIN ODIT | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Since its launch in 2008, the accommodation listing platform has amassed millions of rooms worldwide, hosting tens of millions of clients.
  • There are over 130,000 Airbnb listings across Africa, with South Africa constituting the bulk of the business, followed by Morocco, Kenya and Egypt.

Over the past year, Ms Naserian Sitelu has had business travellers from Nairobi, a group of Nigerians, tourists from China and across Europe lodge in her house.

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