People who love to travel but struggle to find accommodation now have got a reason to rejoice. HeyBnb (HeyBednBreakfast) a unique fast-rising global company in the short-stay accommodation space has announced their entry into India with a key presence in cities like New Delhi, Bengaluru, Goa and Kochi.
Headquartered in Singapore, the company works on the concept of shared economy of home sharing concept. Emphasising on the tagline ‘Wanderers of life’ , HeyBnb provides an online marketplace connecting hosts who want to make their extra rooms available and travellers who are looking for comfortable yet affordable short-term accommodations. Yes, very similar to Airbnb, but then, the more players in the market, the better it is for the consumer, right?
Stan Dong, co-founder and head of technology, HeyBnb said, “We are enthusiastic about HeyBnb entering Indian shores and are primarily focusing on destination cities/states like Goa, Ladakh, Kerala, Rajasthan, Gangtok, Shimla, pilgrimage destinations, forest and hill stations. We want to cater to leisure travelers like youth, families, solo travellers and women travellers, hence, most properties listed on our platform are in the price range from Rs1,000 – 13,000. We want HeyBnb to be the one-stop platform for foreigners when they visit India.”
HeyBnb requires its hosts to register their home properties on the website for free, set a price per night for the accommodation and upload pictures. HeyBnb allows the host to post additional criteria to find out who they could be letting out their homes to. Guests can search properties listed online on HeyBnb website, choose their preferences and book online. Both guests and hosts can write reviews about each other, which are displayed on the property’s listing page. The world of HeyBnb believes in opening up new worlds and new spaces for every wanderer who walks to makes someone’s place their transient home.
Even Indian celebrities seem to have taken to HeyBnB, as is evident from their tweets.
— Lara Dutta Bhupathi (@LaraDutta) 21 May 2016
— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) 28 May 2016
Currently HeyBnb Pvt. Ltd operates in 11 countries and 40 cities. It is present across 17 key metros and cities including New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Goa, Varanasi, Sarnath, Dehradun, Agra, Coorg, Bir Billing (HP), Thekkady, Trichy and Puducherry, etc. The company aims to have a listing inventory of over 60,000 properties in 70 cities globally by the end of October this year.