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id="article-body" class="row" section="article-body"> Airbnb is looking to be more than a just a home rental website, says CEO Brian Chesky.

imageJames Martin/CNET Airbnb tried something new a little over a year ago. It launched what it calls "experiences." These are local excursions that travelers can sign up for, such as truffle hunting in Tuscany and https://recentstore.com/collections/travel-and-holiday/products/travel-pillow-and-eye-mask (click through the next website) surf lessons in Malibu.

The lodgings company said Friday that its experiment is working. Since it launched experiences in November 2016, bookings have grown 2,500 percent year over year. Airbnb has also expanded these experiences from 12 to 60 cities worldwide. Now, the company says it's planning to add even more cities this year, including in places like Tasmania, Iceland and Easter Island.

"We're going to put our foot on the gas," Joe Zadeh, Airbnb's vice president of trips, said at an event in San Francisco's community space The Assembly on Friday. "This year we're going to expand to 1,000 cities."

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