This new platform allows Airbnb or home-sharing guests to buy or pre-order anything in their rental through a custom-made digital store, from the items in the pre-stocked pantry to the art on their walls. Essentially, operators can use The Host Co to create a virtual storefront, connecting with local stores or vendors to provide guests with a higher level of service – in a similar vein to a product concierge.
This even extends to services that would more typically be found in hotels, such as restocking fresh flowers or mid-stay linen laundry. In this way, The Host Co doubles as a personalised boutique that can be tweaked and tailored throughout the year to align with factors such as the seasons or who is staying – for example, a couple or extended family – and to match with guests’ personal preferences. According to The Host Co, some hosts are making up to £125 ($150, €147) more per booking, and are able to keep 93% of all sales.
Built to help hotel brands streamline the shopping experience, UK-based platform LiBi uses QR codes to bring hospitality storefronts to life. From the mattress they sleep on to the paddleboards used during their stay, LiBi emphasises the emotional connection that people make to objects in their home-away-from-home.
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