The Airbnb New York City Map is Created and Guided by Local Hosts

By: Charlotte Joyce Kidd - Oct 3, 2015
References: adweek & hostedwalks
This Google maps-based app, called Hosted Walks, allows visitors to NYC to avoid tourist traps by taking an Airbnb New York tour entirely curated and hosted by locals.

During New York Advertising Week, when any Google user in the city searches a touristy destination such as Central Park or Times Square, their first result will be an ad asking them if they would like to see New York like a local. Clicking on the offer will bring them to a special Airbnb New York Google map. Users can input their destination, and locations of interest submitted by Airbnb New York hosts will appear along their route. Each destination is accompanied by a text and audio blurb for its submitter.

With the Airbnb New York guide, visitors can discover cafes, restaurants, shops and art galleries that they never would have from a guide book.