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Several AirBnb hosts contacted me and are interested to get their place scanned, but Airbnb do not allow them to put it on their Airbnb website. I managed somehow to contact one Airbnb manager based in Europe, that answer with 4 words, We are not interested, i do not think he even look at the model i sent him. Did someone in the community succeed or tried ? The hosts in Oslo are struggling to get any photographers and the result is bad very expensive pictures.

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  • Hi @3d-Viewing- Frederic,

    While it would be awesome if AirBnb would just go ahead and have a "Matterport Space here" field available for anyone's place in the AirBnb community, unfortunately, AirBnb has not implemented such a field.

    I would suggest to the hosts who contacted you, to contact AirBnb and tell them it would be helpful to them if they allowed it.

    Sorry for the bad news, but not much we can do. At this point it's in AirBnb's hands :(

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  • The hosts in Oslo are already complaining to Airbnb about the bad pictures they have, and the host i met told me that to have a good photographer in Oslo will cost him almost double what i could offer for the model. So it could be a good market here, I hope they will move forward to Matterport.

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  • I had the same experience. In the US there were some spaces with Matterport-Tours, but these ones where ordered by Airbnb.

    Here an article about: http://all-about-airbnb.com/post/144746582091/airbnb-sonoma-select-experience-and-virtual-tours

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  • Great question! Chiming in here... I'm Chris and I work at Matterport and have been focused on developing the use of Matterport's technology in travel & hospitality. Over the past year we have been in talks with Airbnb to experiment with our technology. As @MarcusMorba mentioned, Airbnb recently conducted a pilot in Sonoma that included Matterport virtual tours. While the pilot was limited in region, we continue to work with Airbnb as it assesses new media and its impact on hosts and guests.

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  • It is nice to see that you are working on it, are you also in contact with the European Airbnb people ? I was really surprised by their short (do not bother me anymore) answer.

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  • Hi @ Amir- I'd like to ask if there have been any developments with Airbnb, and actually also with Expedia (they own HomeAway/VRBO and many more)...have there been any discussions with them as well? Thanks!

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  • sorry - probably that should have been for @Matterport-Chris

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  • Hi @sebastian! We continue to engage and make progress with all members of the vacation rental community. As time moves along, we will definitely announce any major partnerships as they come together. Thanks for your patience!

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  • Hey Sebastian,

    Thanks for the follow up. There's no update at this time. All I have right now is that progress is still being made. I have not heard anything about Expedia, but I know such partnerships take a long time to develop and not publicized until all the details have been ironed out.

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  • Does anyone know if AirBnB allows owners to post a URL on their site?  If this could be done, then simply registering a vanity URL like www.checkoutmyplace.info or something similar and forwarding the URL to a Matterport space.  This would look better than posting the computer generated URL that Matterport supplies.

    It seems a bit short sighted that AirBnB wouldn't want this technology to be used, it can only increase sales.

    Just my two cents.

    Scott

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  • I recently purchased a Matterport scan for my Airbnb listing. The results from the scan are AMAZING!

    I put the url into my Airbnb description and it was immediately blocked.

    I called Airbnb support and they said that they can't help me. They block links automatically and they don't have the ability to unblock specific links.

    Airbnb told me I should submit a request for Matterport to be integrated OR for links to Matterport websites to be allowed.

    So, I'm screwed.

    I paid $325 for a cool scan I can't use for what it was intended for.

     

    - Jason (Colorado)

     

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  • As far as I know the only way to embed directly the iFrame is if AirBnB does it. May also be necessary for external links.

    Looks like they testet this in 2016:
    https://community.withairbnb.com/t5/Hosting/How-can-I-add-a-360-Virtual-Tour-to-my-listing/td-p/30741/page/3

    https://forum.we-get-around.com/topic/3826/matterport-airbnb-seamless-integration-soon/

    but never included it as a feature.

    Maybe they will try it again with "Beyond by Airbnb": https://forum.we-get-around.com/topic/7037/will-beyond-by-airbnb-use-matterport-tours/

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  • I tried it with a test and according to AirBnB it´s not allowed to have any external Link, eMail or anything similar on their plattform.

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  • Hi Jason in Colorado,

    While I'm not sure if this would work, have you tried placing your Matterport scan address in quotes?  This way it's not a direct link, but the the viewer needs to enter the URL manually.  You should try it and see if it works.

    If it does work, you should consider registering a vanity URL like:  "www.myPlaceForRent.info"  or something similar.  Why?  It's easy to type in for one thing.  The machine generated URLs that Matterport give you are easily mis-typed and don't tell anything about the scan.  For a second reason, you can personalize it to the property.  Here's one I recently did for a client:

    "www.816SandraLane3DTour.info"

    While this points to a single-page website I buried inside my website, it does have a Matterport link.  Here's another one that just points to a Matterport scan:

    "www.YourAddressHere.info"

    Registering a vanity URL is easy and affordable.  I've registered them for as little as $2.17 for a year.  The renewal is usually around $22.00, but consider that if it works, it's a cheap way to provide a way for folks to view your tour.  I use GoDaddy.com.

    Even if you can't get the non-link version of your Matterport scan to work with AirBnB, you can still use the vanity URL to post on social media to promote you own cause.

    I hope this helps you.  If you need more info about vanity URLs, go to my website and contact me there.  I'd be happy to help.

    Scott

    www.nw3dphoto.com

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