“Anyone who knows me knows that I’m obsessed with restaurants,” said Ben Leventhal, CEO of Resy. “Airbnb has a similar viewpoint.”
The announcement comes as a welcome relief to any traveler who’s gone through the hassle of making reservations for accommodations in one app, and then searched in another for a place to eat. With the new restaurants tab in the Airbnb app, users can manage every aspect of their travel in one location. Users can search restaurants in a given market by a variety of criteria—type of food, proximity, price, etc.—and the app provides a list of curated choices with reservations available for a given time.
To start, the partnership will be open in 16 markets and 700 restaurants across the United States. For restaurant owners, it provides the opportunity to connect with one of the most important, fastest-growing source of new customers anywhere in the world.
We’re most interested in seeing how the new partnership might affect the beverage industry. Imagine traveling to Atlanta for a weekend vacation, and getting a custom alert about an intimate craft beer festival happening just a few blocks from your hotel. You’ll then be able to learn more about the event and reserve tickets from within the app.