There was a time, not too long ago when the idea of staying in a stranger’s bed for a few days while you’re on vacation was very very resistible…until Airbnb came along. When founded in 2008, Airbnb had to overcome major negative perceptions to make their business model work. Today, the company has over 1,500,000 listings in 34,000 cities and 190 countries. Pretty legit. With that kind of success, hotel chains would be wise to start thinking about how Airbnb became such an almost overnight success (no pun intended), and what they can do to stay relevant and exciting in this new age of traveling. So what exactly is it that makes Airbnb so irresistible, and how can hotel chains compete?