The Irish Airbnb Open: looking back at Oscailte 2016

Hosts on Airbnb in Ireland are part of a global community that is making its mark locally, a movement that is changing Ireland. By opening up their homes and welcoming people from around the world, they’re helping to grow an economy – and a culture – of sharing and helping to create a sense of belonging for guests from all around the world.

The Irish Airbnb Open – Airbnb Oscailte – took place last year on 7 May 2016, where 250 members of the host community gathered in our new office space in Dublin. It was our way of saying ‘thank you’ to our Irish hosts for opening their doors and offering warm welcomes to the thousands of visitors who come to Ireland each year, and a chance for us to listen, engage and support valued hosts.

Hosts exchanged tips, recommendations and stories with other Hosts on Airbnb from across Ireland.

Hosts had the opportunity to connect with Airbnb’s leaders from across the company, with whom they could share feedback and insights. They were given an exclusive preview of Airbnb Ireland’s new partnership with Taxback.com and also of the Dublin Host Perks Programme – a place for local businesses to share special offers, just for Irish hosts and their guests.

We also announced that Airbnb is a founding member of ShareIreland, an association of sharing economy businesses in Ireland. ShareIreland has come together to advocate to government and raise the profile of the sharing economy. We announced that hosts who would like to stay informed and get involved with our efforts can join AirbnbCitizen. By signing up, you can be one of the first hosts to get more information about the launch of their Irish home-sharing clubs.

We presented our first ever Airbnb Irish Host Awards and here are our four winners who we thanked for their exceptional hospitality as Irish Airbnb hosts:

 

  • ‘Inspirational Host Story’: Paul Flannery and Stephen Breen. “Some of the nicest people you could ever meet: look up ‘above and beyond’ in the dictionary and there will be a photo of these hosts” – Guest review
  • ‘Ireland’s Unique Listing’: Sarah Quinlan. “This was a rare and extraordinary Dublin experience, and a unique and memorable place to stay in the world. My first experience with Airbnb, and I think it will remain the best ever!” – Guest review
  • ‘Warmest Welcome’: Bernie O’Sullivan. “A warm welcome is for the whole duration of the stay, it is on how you interact and enjoy each other’s company – this makes for a happy home.” – Bernie O’Sullivan
  • ‘Community Champion’: Eugene Burke. “For me, being an Irish host is about being kind, welcoming people as though they’re family, as though they’re home, as though they never left.” – Eugene Burke


It was a really inspiring, energising day and we look forward to meeting more amazing Irish hosts this year!

If you’re a host and are interested in participating this year, please sign up to apply to come along. Tickets will be assigned by lottery.