Airbnb to promote access equipment after acquiring ‘disability equivalent’

Global accommodation company, Airbnb, has acquired its accessible-travel equivalent, Accomable, in an effort to encourage more disabled travellers to use its services.

The move means that more hosts will be encouraged to list or install access equipment in their accommodation.

Accomable is a start-up company launched around two years ago by two disabled friends. The site lists properties which feature specialist equipment like hoists, accessible showers and baths and have step-free access.

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Support and investments have seen Accomable grow rapidly and now it could see a boost in users following its merge with Airbnb.

Airbnb will also create an “accessibility needs” checklist on its site that lets hosts describe what kind of equipment and access they have in their homes.

One of the founders of Accomable, Srin Madipalli, insisted that the move will provide it with “the best opportunity” to take its “dream to a global level”.

Accomable currently has more than 500 listings in 60 countries.

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