The search for the next Airbnb is on for someone who will take over the space vacated by the aging AirBnB.
The company announced it was expanding its presence in Houston this week with a new app for its hosts and guests, which can be used to book cars and other accommodations.
Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky, who recently returned to Houston from his new job as president of global business development for Google, announced that the company has agreed to expand its presence on its website in the Houston area, with more than 10,000 hosts and more than 8,000 guests.
Airbnb has also announced plans to expand the service in the next few months in Austin, Texas, New York City and Atlanta.
In addition to the Houston and Austin areas, Airbnb also plans to roll out new services in Atlanta and Chicago later this year, and in Los Angeles and San Francisco later this fall.
Airbnb plans to add more than 1,000 additional hosts in the coming months, Chesky said.
The company is expanding in many other cities, including San Francisco, Seattle and San Jose.
The Houston area is home to more than 600,000 people and is expected to account for more than 80 percent of Airbnb’s business, according to the company.
The announcement comes on the heels of a recent move by Airbnb to open a hotel in Houston, which is the first in the United States.
Airbnb will begin operating a hotel and spa in Houston on June 5.
Airbnb is also adding more hotel and vacation rental services to its platform.