Why Airbnb sees India powering its growth

The company sees India as a critical market for Airbnb in the coming years, and believes it's investments in the country will pay off in the long run

May 8, 2023

According to a recent interview with Brian Chesky, the CEO of Airbnb, India will play a crucial role in the growth of the company this decade. Chesky believes that the Indian market has huge potential due to its size and demographics, and he plans to make significant investments in the country in the coming years.

Key takeaways

  • India's population of over 1.3 billion people represents a massive untapped market for the company, particularly given the rising middle class and increasing levels of disposable income;
  • India has a young population, with more than half of its people under the age of 25, which makes it a particularly attractive market for a company like Airbnb;
  • Travel and tourism are among the fastest-growing sectors in India, with domestic travel expected to double in the next five to seven years, presenting a huge opportunity for Airbnb to expand its presence in the country and capture a significant share of the market;
  • Airbnb plans to invest heavily in India over the coming years, including expanding its operations across the country, partnering with local businesses, and investing in marketing and advertising to raise awareness of the brand.

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