Prop-tech startup Spleet to expand in other countries as it transitions towards Airbnb

AFRICA – Spleet, a Nigerian prop-tech startup, has disclosed plans of expanding to Ghana, Rwanda and Kenya this year as it transitions towards an Airbnb-style self-hosting model for Nigerians travelling abroad. Founded in August 2017 from the need to find rentals with flexible payment options in Lagos as opposed to the usual one or two year upfront payment options, Spleet allows homeowners to rent out rooms to vetted individuals, while also helping people easily find places to stay. According to Disrupt Africa, the startup recently launched a host product for…

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American vacation rental online marketplace Airbnb eyes $30 billion IPO valuation

GLOBAL – Airbnb, an American vacation rental online market place, is hoping to have a valuation of US$30 billion in the IPO slated in the latter part of 2020 where it aims to raise about US$3 billion, Nairametricshas reported. The announcement follows a commitment by Airbnb to invest US$1 million through 2020 to promote and support community-led tourism projects in Africa. The commitment aims to empower communities through home sharing and to promote people-to-people tourism that benefits local families and their communities. A US$30 billion valuation would be substantially higher…

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Airbnb partners with domestic cleaning companies in the wake of reopened tourism

SOUTH AFRICA – Airbnb, an international home sharing platform, has partnered with Cape Town-based on-demand domestic cleaning service local SweepSouth and Propaclean to improve local sanitation efforts. This partnership announcement comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the move to lockdown level two allowing for the hospitality and tourism sector to once again open its doors to local customers. The partnership also aims to encourage locals’ appetite for domestic travel and third-party accommodation by ensuring that hosts meet the standards of Airbnb’s enhanced cleaning protocols for hosts in South Africa. These…

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