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Airbnb goes mainstream with Rio contract

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Airbnb  now an official Olympic Games accommodation provider
Airbnb now an official Olympic Games accommodation provider
Airbnb  now an official Olympic Games accommodation provider
Airbnb now an official Olympic Games accommodation provider

Airbnb will be listed as an official accommodation provider with a link on Rio 2016's ticket-buying webpage.

Online home-rental marketplace Airbnb has gone mainstream with an official contract to provide rooms for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The company will provide at least 20,000 rooms to help alleviate accommodation shortages during the Games.

"We help cities to expand their offering and make better use of the resources they already have," Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia said in an interview in Rio.

Airbnb will be listed as an official accommodation provider with a link on Rio 2016's ticket-buying webpage.

During the soccer World Cup in Brazil last year more than 100,000 people stayed in Airbnb-listed rooms. Rio now has the company's fourth largest number of listings, behind Paris, New York and London.

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