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Airbnb seeks experience hosts for Sydney

AAP logoAAP 25/12/2016 Katina Curtis

Do you know where the great hikes, awesome hidden bars or fabulous boutiques are in your city? Got an intriguing hobby or skill you want to share with people from around the world?

Airbnb is seeking hosts for its new Experiences, launched in November in the biggest expansion of the travel company to date.

It has started by offering short experiences and multi-day immersions in 12 cities around the world but wants to expand to at least 51 locations by the end of 2017.

And Sydney is high on its hit list.

"Our goal is to have experiences available in all the cities that you can stay in an Airbnb in," Australia and New Zealand country manager Sam McDonagh told AAP at the launch in Los Angeles.

"The great thing about our experiences is that's not going to be limited to where homes are."

McDonagh expects Australian experiences will be available early in the new year, with the vetting process taking between a week and three months, depending on the applications.

"For us the level of the curation an experience host is going to need to go through is certainly significant and at a level beyond what we currently have on the platform," he said.

Potential hosts can get more information on Airbnb's website, including the quality standards.

The company is seeking hosts who can give access to something travellers wouldn't be able to find on their own, participation rather than just sightseeing, and an original, personal perspective.

People can apply online with an outline of their proposal. They will set their own price point, much like Airbnb hosts do currently.

Airbnb staff and guests will then go on the trip to test it and give feedback to refine the experience to the point the company is happy for it to be offered publicly.

There are also contract photographers and video teams available to make promotional material for some of the experiences.

McDonagh says there's no limit on how many trips can be offered, provided they meet the quality guidelines.

* The writer travelled to Los Angeles as a guest of Airbnb.

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