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This literature review explores the phenomenon of the sharing economy, specifically the popular home-sharing concept of Airbnb. Peer-reviewed articles were used that report on the results of studies conducted via data research by studying Airbnb listings and third-party hotel data and various online surveys that reveal what drives traveler's decisions to select Airbnb accommodations over traditional hotels. “Airbnb describes itself as a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover and book unique accommodations around the world” (Zervas, Proserpio & Byers, 2017, p.689). This paper also looks at the company and the availability of booking Airbnb accommodations across the world. The uncovered motivations for selecting Airbnb include price, authenticity and household amenities. Several other opportunities for additional research are also presented.

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