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An experience must offer access to something unique or otherwise inaccessible to the average tourist in order to be published on Airbnb. When submitting your experience, make sure to highlight what’s special about the locations you’ll visit with your guests. Think about how accessible these spots or communities would be to a typical traveler. Consider selecting locations or communities that provide special access.

I always start my tour by asking, ‘Why did you book this experience?’ People say that they were looking for an uncommon activity. What I offer them is something unique, something they couldn’t experience on their own. I tried to create a more interesting tour than what I saw out there already, and this has worked for me.  – Gabriela, host of Get to know Little Africa

Here are some ways your experience may offer insider access:

○ Shares entry into a special place, like a local’s only watering hole or a hidden neighborhood garden

○ Introduces guests to people, communities, or activities they wouldn’t otherwise have access to

○ Offers a unique twist or angle on a typical or common tourist activity

Remember, these should be things guests wouldn’t usually be able to experience on their own.

Marvin, the host of Backyard Beekeeping, provides unique access to his own backyard, and also to local community gardens where guests can tour beehives in Los Angeles.

Make sure to highlight your own connection to these places or communities in your submission. Why are they special to you, and why would your guests also find them interesting? You may even want to consider sharing a lasting memory that relates to these places, something you could share with your guests.

Experiences in the Airbnb marketplace must meet Airbnb’s bar for quality; these standards set experiences apart from typical tours. To be published, an experience submission must demonstrate expertise, access, and hospitality. These standards help ensure that the market has high-quality experiences led by knowledgeable, hospitable hosts.  You can read more about Airbnb’s quality standards here.