Airbnb buys Accomable website

George Sell By George Sell
20 November 2017 | Updated 20 November 2017

UK: Airbnb has acquired Accomable, a UK-based accommodation rentals website designed for travellers with disabilities.

Accomable was founded two years ago by two entrepreneurs with spinal muscular atrophy, and operates in a similar way to Airbnb, allowing homeowners to rent out rooms or complete properties on a short-term basis.

All listed properties must have step-free access and other accessibility features.

Following the deal Accomable's listings will be merged with Airbnb, and its team will move to the Airbnb UK office. Accomable chief executive Srin Madipalli will relocate to San Francisco to take up the new Airbnb role of product manager for accessibility.

This year a study revealed that Airbnb hosts were more likely to reject disabled guests, even those ones that had advertised their listing as wheelchair friendly.

Accomable has around 1,100 properties listed in 60 countries, with staff members choosing accommodation providing features like wheelchair access, hoists and roll-in showers.

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