Trends that are shaping African tourism (according to Airbnb)

(Also read "How to make money from tourism".)

(Also read "5 tips on how to make lots of money - and build a property empire - on Airbnb".)

AirBnB has highlighted what it deems are some of the defining trends in global and African tourism.

Among these are “the sharing economy” and “unique accommodation”.

The World Travel Market Africa conference takes place in Cape Town from 6 April 2016 to 8 April 2016.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Airbnb’s Lena Sönnichsen (Head of Communications, Middle East and Africa).

Scroll down for quotes from the audio below.

South Africa is an amazing market for us! The growth is incredible! There are more than 20 000 listing in the country with 10 000 in Cape Town.

Lena Sönnichsen, Airbnb

Cape Town is the 21st biggest market in the world.

Lena Sönnichsen, Airbnb

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