Calling itself a community-driven hospitality company, Airbnb CEO, Brian Chesky, attended GES 2015 to meet with entrepreneurs from around the world and explore the sharing economy’s impact and expansion, particularly on the African continent. In the last 12 months, Airbnb has more than doubled in size in Africa.

“The spirit of entrepreneurialism is a common thread that unites the Airbnb community across the globe,” said Chesky.

“I’m thrilled to meet so many entrepreneurs here at GES, who will build and grow this community throughout Africa. And I’m excited to see how Airbnb will empower people across the continent to earn extra income while providing travellers with a truly authentic experience.”

To help spur additional growth, Airbnb has also appointed Nicola D’Elia as general manager for Middle East & Africa. Previously, D’Elia was responsible for Facebook’s growth and partnerships in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. D’Elia will build out a team to accelerate Airbnb’s growth in the region.

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