The site booked 4 million nights of accommodation in users' homes in 2011 -- four times the amount in the previous four years.
Most of this growth (75% of it) came from outside the U.S. — from Europe, for the most part. London, Paris and Berlin are three of Airbnb’s five biggest hotbeds of listing activity.
All but two of Airbnb’s nine offices (as of March) will be in Europe. The company may be headquartered in San Francisco, but its heart is increasingly European. (The country with the single greatest growth in listings: Italy.)
Which, considering the economic trough the European continent is currently in, is no bad thing. Airbnb has built a site full of inspiring stories — again, most of them from Europe — featuring people who have quit their jobs, paid for their weddings and funded startups, all by renting a room on Airbnb.
Via Jonha Revesencio