Airbnb spin-off ‘just crazy’

  • It started with the idea of home hosting, but now Airbnb has transformed into a massive hospitality enterprise that has spawned a new growth industry in servicing.

There are 20,000 Airbnb listings in New Zealand and while many people still offer rooms in their home to paying visitors, a lot of the growth is in holiday houses bought expressly for the purpose of making money through Airbnb. These properties need managing – cue the huge rise in the number of property management companies offering such services.



Kate van der Fluit of Guest Easy, which manages Airbnb properties in Auckland, says good service is about having the edge – knowing all her clients’ names and her guests’ names is all important.