US travel accommodation company Airbnb has said it will double its workforce in Ireland to 200 employees by the end of this year.
The six-year-old San Francisco-headquartered firm acts as an online accommodation network and communication platform for people looking to rent unoccupied living space in their properties to holidaymakers.
Last September, the firm announced it had chosen Dublin as the location for its European headquarters, with 100 jobs being initially earmarked for the base.
Yesterday, at the official opening of the Dublin facility, Airbnb’s chief and co-founder, Brian Chesky said that the intention is to add another 100 jobs here by the end of 2014 — with recruitment for the new roles having already begun.
“We came to Dublin because it has hospitality in its DNA and I’ve been so inspired by the culture we’ve already created in our office here. We have an amazing home in Dublin from which we’re supporting our community across Europe, and I can’t wait to welcome another 100 people to join us,” Mr Chesky said.
IDA Ireland chief, Barry O’Leary, welcomed Airbnb’s Dublin expansion, saying the move adds to Ireland’s reputation as “the premier location” for fast-growing innovative companies.
“In the past five years,” he added, “Airbnb has become a huge force in global travel. Airbnb is one of the biggest success stories of the emerging ‘shared economy’ — which meets the needs of a new generation of consumers — by bringing fresh, innovative ideas to the global travel marketplace.”
Jobs Minister Richard Bruton said Airbnb adds to the growing list of ‘born- on-the-internet’ companies choosing to locate in Ireland; something set out as a target in the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs.
Aisling Hassell — who has held senior customer experience roles at Vodafone and Symantec — has been named as Airbnb’s manager in Dublin. She joins the company from global enterprise software giant Sage, where she was director of global customer experience and web strategy.
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