At the Airbnb host conference in Paris this week, the company unveiled some exciting new features.

By Ellie Nan Storck
January 21, 2017
Courtesy of AirBnB

Yesterday, Airbnb unveiled several new features designed to make hosting easier and more profitable. Here’s what you need to know about the brand’s big announcement:

Smart Pricing

Come January, Airbnb will give hosts the option of using a “smart pricing” feature to set rates. Instead of manually updating rental pricing, Airbnb will analyze factors specific to location like large events (championship games, music concerts, business conferences) and travel trends to ensure a competitive rate within the region. Hosts will be able to set the price to automatically adapt to in-demand pricing, within a minimum and maximum range.

The “Business Travel Ready” Label

This round of updates also included the announcement of a new business travel certification program for hosts. These listings will highlighted as “business travel ready” and will be required to provide free Wi-Fi as well as amenities like ironing boards, hair dryers, hangers and other services that corporate clients frequently request, like 24-hour check-in.

Familiar Faces

All users will now be required to provide a photograph when they create an Airbnb account, so hosts will recognize their guests upon arrival.

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