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Airbnb Superhost Launches Own Travel Lodging Platform For LGBTQ+ Folks
Robert Geller, an Airbnb Superhost turned founder and CEO, created FabStayz for LGBTQ+ travelers to feel safer and more welcomed when looking for a place to stay while traveling.
FabStayz will “brings an end to travelers having to message hosts ensuring they are 'okay' with hosting a gay couple or member of the transgender community,” a press release said.
The platform's host, “FabHosts” are recognized LGBT+ or allies who believe in fostering welcoming safe spaces for all.
"Travel is about fun and exploration, coming out to stranger is no way to kick-off a vacation," Geller said, "Be your FabSelf wherever your travels take you. No more scouring listings for clues if the host is LGBT+ welcoming, an ally or member of our community. FabStayz wants to take away all the guesswork for the LGBT+ traveler."
Geller said the property owners listed on FabStayz will be experienced hosts who are required to meet the platform's strict criteria of seven months minimum hosting on another major platform with at least 10 “great” to “excellent” reviews from their guests.
All FabStayz hosts much agree to FabStayz diversity and inclusion statement.
"Our featured FabHosts are super at hosting," Geller said in a press release, "To date, 96 percent of featured FabHosts are allies wanting to be recognized as welcoming to the LGBT+ community. And they've done so by purchasing yearly subscriptions to be featured on FabStayz.com."
FabStayz beta v1.0 went live just weeks ago with its “Fab100 Hosts,” the first 100 folks to join the platform. There are now more than 500 listings. Featured listings include unique properties such as tiny homes in Portland, Oregon; a castle in France; a vintage RV on a hillside in Los Angeles, a restored firehouse in Chattanooga, Tennessee; amongst others.
Home shares, beach front condos and guest suite listings are available throughout the United States, Brazil, Canada, Greece, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Panama, Poland, United Kingdom and more.
During the site's launch, there was a “FabOffer,” which gave hosts the opportunity to experience the benefits of the FabStayz platform. Hosts with listings on Airbnb, Vrbo, HomeAway, Booking or TripAdvisor can get a free six-month trial subscription to be recognized on FabStayz.com.
FabStayz has their sights set on Airbnb's seven million active listings in more than 100,000 cities, looking to gain a three percent foothold within its first 18 months. If successful, it would make FabStayz the largest LGBT+ accommodations platform.
For more information, visit www.FabStayz.com.
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