These days new sharing economy travel companies launch every week, and I sometimes discover established businesses that I had missed. All of these get added to my spreadsheet of sharing economy travel services. Here’s the summary for October.
Wimdu, a European clone of Airbnb, will close by the end of the year. This company received more than $90 million in funding. But still they couldn’t make a go of it.
TakeMeTour, a Thai company offering both peer-to-peer tours and commercial tours, has partnered with the Tourism Authority of Thailand to offer LocalTable. Focused on food tourism in Thailand, LocalTable invites travelers into local’s homes or to dine with locals in restaurants.
Turo, a peer-to-peer car rental service in the U.S. is expanding to the UK. This move comes amid the threat of regulations similar to traditional car rental businesses for car sharing services like Turo.
Stay with Stella, peer to peer cat sitting service that offers people free lodging in exchange for cat care. Currently with gigs in New York, this network launched in 2017.