Before Airbnb Experiences were a thing I thought it would be a great idea for a platform. One where locals and local tour operators could list the experience they wanted to host so that visitors to that destination could experience something local and unique.
Little did I know, Airbnb was way ahead of me.
Airbnb Experiences have been out across the world, starting in larger centers, for some time now, but it wasn’t until recently that they started opening up the listing process to smaller centers, like Yellowknife.
When I learned that there was an opportunity to list one of my tours on Airbnb Experiences I started the process.
It was more rigorous than I expected, considering just about everyone can list a home or room without many barriers. I submitted my experience in October 2018. It was finally accepted in December 2018.
They review, through a third-party company, all experiences to ensure they are safe and legit. My tour involves me driving passengers so they requested that I provide them with proof of drivers license and proof of liability insurance for my guests, which I have because I’m a licensed tour operator/supplier in the Northwest Territories.
After all that, one of my tours is now the first Airbnb Experience in Yellowknife. Have a look at it here.
I’m nervous about the inquiries this might drive. Me not being a full-time tour operator, I have to be very diligent with the scheduling to only open up slots that I absolutely available to provide a tour. There is no request period, once at least one person books the experience I have to provide it.
At this time I’m holding off listing my Aurora Tour on Airbnb for fear of over-popularity but will begin that process so it is ready when I want to turn it on and as Airbnb Experiences gain popularity with other tour operators/suppliers and visitors to Yellowknife.
UPDATE: My Aurora Tour is now on Airbnb for select dates here.