Airbnb, the "official alternative accommodation service" for the Olympic Games, has made a big investment into Rio and it's is already paying off. A city that once lacked enough hotels and is living under Brazil's recession has meant big opportunity for the homesharing marketplace.
"It is the first time we are bringing home-sharing officially to the Olympic Games," said Leonardo Tristao, Brazil country manager for Airbnb. "We are ensuring that anyone who wants to come to attend the Olympics has a place to stay in Rio."
In preparation for the Olympics, Airbnb has worked in coordination with the organizing committee to encourage people to open up their homes for visitors.
They have also worked directly with local communities to get them engaged through webinars and events to share "best practices" among themselves.