Moscow. 27 Jan. Service for rental housing Airbnb for the first time recorded a profit, according to Bloomberg, citing sources close to the company. Profitability was achieved in the second half of 2016. According to the Agency sources, the company expects to show profitability and by the end of this year. Airbnb’s revenue last year increased by 80%, despite the fact that in some cities such as new York and San Francisco had introduced legislation limiting the operation of the service.
Airbnb was created in 2008 and after several rounds of funding valued at more than $30 billion currently present in over 34 thousand cities in 190 countries. Last year, the company announced the extension of the list of services, including organized tours. Now, according to Bloomberg, Airbnb is developing new services, particularly for booking air travel. In addition, the company actively sought funding, investing in start-UPS: in 2016, she bought a startup Resy, which developed the service for rental housing, and is now in talks about investing in Tilt is the app for payment processing that allows you to divide bills between several people.
Bloomberg opposes Airbnb another billion-dollar startup Uber. From Airbnb less strong competitors, according to the Agency, the company does not bear expenses on the maintenance and cleaning of housing that is rented when it is through.