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Safe and friendly: Belarusians have created a unique travel app

In difficult times, the additional obstacle can seem exponentially burdensome. Every traveler faces the constraints posed by the coronavirus response, but for additionally marginalized groups or travelers who prioritize personal safety, comfortable and safe travel takes on a new meaning. Especially for those who are very worried about security, Belarusians have developed an application that will satisfy all the requirements. The publication told more about this. Forbes.

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Belarusians Viktor and Sergey Semenyaki have developed the main competitor of Airbnb - the MyFriendlyHost application, which allows you to rent an apartment from friends or friends of friends. The idea for the app and the sales effort belong to Victor, and Sergey, a software developer, wrote the code for MyFriendlyHost. Their story is impressive and shows that the goodwill of the few can greatly influence the needs of the many.

Airbnb became popular to a large extent because it gave the appearance of superiority over a traditional hotel. Airbnb properties generally offered more space, better amenities, and more local information. However, there are some common issues that have led to the decline in Airbnb's popularity, namely illegal rentals, untrustworthy hosts, false advertisements, and last-minute cancellations. COVID-19 has affected almost every aspect of the travel industry.

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The new travel app myfriendlyhost.com helps travelers looking for a safe vacation rental. This service is unique, the app has partnered with Facebook and leverages the power of the network to provide secure rental housing. Unlike Airbnb, where the traveler almost always rents accommodation from strangers, myfriendlyhost.com creates a network where tourists can rent accommodation from "friends."

The app allows users to see if they are connected through friends with service providers. This gives a sense of security as the landlords are already in a safe circle of friends. No booking fees, no intermediaries and only direct communication, the traveler can see not only the list of friends, but also mutual friends who can be the owner of the property.

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On the other hand, the service provider, who often owns the property, frustrated by Airbnb and its policies (such as charging high commissions), turned to alternatives like booking.com and flipkey.com. While myfriendlyhost.com is a safe alternative to Airbnb, it also boasts of being more B2B than strictly B2C oriented, as the property owner is also concerned about the safety and liability of the tenant.

The app has a Facebook page with the tagline “Safe Vacation Rentals from Facebook Friends”. In a world where reviews are crucial for many companies, referral is one of the newest and most powerful marketing tools.

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