Minister Bruton and IDA Ireland welcome Airbnb announcement of 100 additional roles in Dublin

-   Ken Gaughran

Airbnb, the world’s leading community-driven hospitality company, today [Friday] announced plans to significantly increase its presence in Ireland with the creation of 100 additional new roles, doubling its current workforce to 200 employees by year end. Positions currently recruiting for are in its customer experience and hospitality teams based in Ringsend, Dublin.

The importance of high growth companies, like Airbnb, expanding their international operations at an early stage has never been greater.

Ireland has built a strong reputation as an international hub for a variety of business sectors and hosts the top ten born on the internet companies including Twitter, Google, eBay/PayPal and Facebook.

The investment is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.

Speaking at today’s announcement, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD said: “As part of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs we have sought to encourage more “born-on-the-internet” companies to locate operations in Ireland, and over the past two years we have seen some major successes in this. Today’s announcement that Airbnb, a massive internet name and a fast-growing global company, is expanding its operations in Dublin and creating 100 jobs is great news. I wish Airbnb every success with this project and look forward to working with them as they continue their jobs expansion in Ireland”.

Bono who recently met with the Company at an IDA event in Davos earlier this year said; “We of course measure the recovery by jobs, that’s all that matters — that our best and brightest do not have to leave to get work. So Airbnb’s arrival in Dublin Docks is very good news. The IDA’s encouragement of Airbnb moving to the docks was paramount in Brian Chesky’s decision to move there, so congratulations to them. Brian and Airbnb are a force to be reckoned with, and tech companies like these are training grounds for a smart and savvy workforce like ours”

Welcoming today’s announcement, Barry O’Leary, CEO IDA Ireland, “Today’s expansion by Airbnb in Dublin adds to Ireland’s reputation as the premier location for fast growing innovative companies.”

“In the past five years, 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.”

“I’ve used Airbnb service myself in the past – it’s a great way to sample unique properties around the world.”

For media queries, please contact:
Kevin Sammon, IDA Ireland, +353 01 603 4000.  

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