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    New host inbox and task tools simplify hospitality for teams

    Professional hosting tools make messaging and turnover easier than ever.
    By Airbnb on Aug 27, 2020
    3 min read
    Updated Aug 27, 2020

    Highlights

    • The redesigned host inbox loads faster and makes prioritization and team coordination easier

    • The new task tool helps streamline and automate your greeting, cleaning, and maintenance

    • The updated teams tool makes it easier to give everyone the right access to your hosting tools, including service providers

    Two key ingredients to great hosting are being responsive to guests and making sure spaces are clean and well-maintained for every stay.

    This can be especially challenging as a hospitality entrepreneur, where efficient teamwork is required to host multiple guests each and every day.

    Based on your feedback, we’re rolling out three updates to professional hosting tools that will empower hosts like you to be more responsive to guests, streamline turnover, and make it easier to give your entire team access to Airbnb tools:

    • An improved host inbox loads faster, provides more context in a single screen, and makes it easier to coordinate with teammates
    • New task management tools feature automated templates with checklists and reporting features to help you clean and maintain your spaces more efficiently
    • Updates to the teams tool simplify permissions so you can give your entire team the appropriate access to your hosting tools

    Let’s walk through some of the updates:

    Get to know the improved inbox

    The host inbox has been redesigned to surface the info needed to prioritize and respond to guests from a single screen:

    • It’s faster, so it’s easier to switch between message threads
    • The new three-pane layout on web helps you stay on top of active threads
    • Simpler actions to mark unread, star, and archive make it easier to focus on what matters most
    • A new real-time typing indicator and last-responded label make teamwork easier

    Access your inbox on the web or in the Airbnb app on iOS and Android, which we're rolling out now.

    The new inbox makes it so much easier to go through all our messages really quickly to make sure our guests are never waiting on our team for answers.
    Nicolas, founder of BNB Real Estate,
    France

    Meet the new task management tools

    Turnover tasks like cleaning, greeting, and maintenance are now fully integrated into the professional tools suite. The new task tools let you create, assign, and track tasks with your team and third-party service providers.

    Task templates can be created for any listing and configured to automate the greeting and cleaning for each reservation to further simplify your operations.

    Templates can also specify steps for any task to help improve quality and consistency. These checklist steps can also capture inputs (e.g. “How many coffee filters are left?”) and photos to give you accurate data to further streamline your workflows.

    Service providers get a simple mobile web interface to clearly see which tasks are assigned to them, walk through the steps, and add photos as they go. They can also submit photo reports when something is left behind or damaged. 

    Visit the tasks tab to start assigning tasks to your greeters, cleaners, and maintenance staff today. Please note that the tasks tab is available on web and mobile web only at this time.

    Check out the updated teams tool

    We’ve updated teams, the foundational tool that makes it more secure to work together without resorting to practices like sharing passwords. With teams, everyone can work together from a single hosting account, but use their own Airbnb account and password for added security and accountability.

    The latest updates add a tasks permission and consolidate pricing and listing management to give everyone from reservationists and operations specialists to accountants and cleaners the information and tools they need for their job. If you haven’t already, set up your team now.

    Please keep the feedback coming

    We hope these updates help you and your team make each day that much more efficient. Each tool has a “give feedback” link, so please let us know what you think and how we can improve. 

    Please note: These are rolling out to professional hosting tools at this time, and you may not have them in your account immediately.

    Highlights

    • The redesigned host inbox loads faster and makes prioritization and team coordination easier

    • The new task tool helps streamline and automate your greeting, cleaning, and maintenance

    • The updated teams tool makes it easier to give everyone the right access to your hosting tools, including service providers

    Airbnb
    Aug 27, 2020
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