The Reading / Listening - Luxury Travel - Level 2

The online accommodation company Airbnb is moving into the luxury travel market. Its CEO announced a big change in its business model. He wants richer people to use Airbnb. The company will offer new places to stay, like vacation homes and boutique hotels. Airbnb has over four million rooms on its site in 81,000 cities and 191 countries. It has had over 260 million reservations since it launched nine years ago. Airbnb hopes to increase this to more than one billion by 2028. The CEO said: "Airbnb is still an alternative...not for everyone." He wants it to be for everyone.



Airbnb does not own any properties. It is a broker between property owners who want to rent out their rooms or homes, and travelers looking for cheaper, more homely places to stay. The company makes money from booking fees. It will now offer luxury accommodation, restaurant reservations and adventure travel. It will also offer "unique spaces," like yurts - the large, round tents that are home to many people in Mongolia. Airbnb's new "Beyond" option will offer travelers "full-on luxury stays" that include "some of the world's nicest homes".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Luxury Travel - Level 0 Luxury Travel - Level 1   or  Luxury Travel - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.cnet.com/news/airbnb-is-getting-all-fancy/
  • https://www.vogue.com.au/vogue-living/travel/the-airbnb-experience-is-about-to-get-even-better/news-story/e95b3ca4cd25024bc6921f62441c5b6c
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airbnb


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. The online accommodation
  2. a big change in its business
  3. The company will offer
  4. Airbnb has over four million rooms
  5. It has had over 260 million
  6. since it launched
  7. increase this to more than
  8. He wants it to
  1. one billion
  2. new places to stay
  3. be for everyone
  4. model
  5. nine years ago
  6. on its site
  7. reservations
  8. company

Paragraph 2

  1. Airbnb does not
  2. property
  3. more homely
  4. The company makes money
  5. restaurant
  6. home to many
  7. full-
  8. some of the world's
  1. owners
  2. on luxury
  3. reservations
  4. nicest homes
  5. from booking fees
  6. own any properties
  7. places to stay
  8. people in Mongolia

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The online accommodation company Airbnb (1) ________________ the luxury travel market. Its CEO announced a big change in (2) ___________________. He wants richer people to use Airbnb. The company will offer new places to stay, like vacation (3) ___________________ hotels. Airbnb has over four million rooms (4) ___________________ in 81,000 cities and 191 countries. It has had over 260 million reservations since it launched nine years ago. Airbnb hopes (5) ___________________ to more than one billion by 2028. The CEO said: "Airbnb is (6) ___________________...not for everyone." He wants it to be for everyone.

Airbnb does not (7) ___________________. It is a broker between property owners who want to rent out their rooms or homes, and travelers looking for cheaper, (8) ___________________ to stay. The company makes money (9) ___________________. It will now offer luxury accommodation, restaurant reservations and adventure travel. It will (10) ___________________ like yurts - the large, round tents that are home to many people in Mongolia. Airbnb's new "Beyond" (11) ___________________ travelers "full-on luxury stays" that include "some of the (12) ___________________".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheonlineaccommodationcompanyAirbnbismovingintotheluxurytra
velmarket.ItsCEOannouncedabigchangeinitsbusinessmodel.Hewan
tsricherpeopletouseAirbnb.Thecompanywilloffernewplacestostay,li
kevacationhomesandboutiquehotels.Airbnbhasoverfourmillionroo
msonitssitein81,000citiesand191countries.Ithashadover260million
reservationssinceitlaunchednineyearsago.Airbnbhopestoincreaseth
istomorethanonebillionby2028.TheCEOsaid:"Airbnbisstillanalternat
ive...notforeveryone."Hewantsittobeforeveryone.Airbnbdoesnotow
nanyproperties.Itisabrokerbetweenpropertyownerswhowanttorent
outtheirroomsorhomes,andtravelerslookingforcheaper,morehomel
yplacestostay.Thecompanymakesmoneyfrombookingfees.Itwillno
wofferluxuryaccommodation,restaurantreservationsandadventuret
ravel.Itwillalsooffer"uniquespaces,"likeyurts-thelarge,roundten
tsthatarehometomanypeopleinMongolia.Airbnb'snew"Beyond"opti
onwilloffertravelers"full-onluxurystays"thatinclude"someofthewo
rld'snicesthomes".

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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