Reportedly, The Wall Street Journal reported that talks to buy HotelTonight, the two have sealed the deal on an acquisition.
that it had gobbled up the last-minute booking service as its latest step in building an end-to-end travel platform, a move that offers its in-house offerings on the hotel front (though it already offers some hotel accommodations).
The Journal previously reported that Airbnb was exploring the acquisition but also considering masterminding its own direct competitor to the hotel booking service. The idea, the journal said, was to boost its offerings in order to position.
The company said as much in a press release about the acquisition, specifically highlighting the ability to find accommodations for its users when Airbnb homes are fully booked. But if there was any question of whether or not HotelTonight would fit the mold for Airbnb spoke vibe and focus on experiences and community — an issue the Journal previously reported was a concern among Airbnb management — its co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky seems to think it will .
“Working with the incredible team at HotelTonight, we will offer guests an unparalleled last-minute travel experience that provides unique, memorable hospitality on every trip, on any schedule, at any time,” Chesky said in a statement this week . The service will focus on independent and boutique hotels, HotelTonight co-founder and CEO Sam Shank said. The deal's price tag was released on Thursday
The initiative to expand its offerings comes as Airbnb is thought to be its initial public offering. Chesky has been notably coy about an IPO arriving in 2019. And citing sources familiar with the matter, the Journal reported Thursday that the IPO is more likely to come next year.
time to figure out whatever the hell is going on with those goddamn hidden cameras.