Asia: Airbnb has announced the appointment of Mike Orgill as its general manager of Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
As such, Orgill will be tasked with building long-term growth in some of Airbnb’s most rapidly growing markets. He will begin his new role immediately, reporting to Airbnb’s APAC regional director Siew Kum Hong, and will continue to support the company’s public policy efforts until a permanent APAC director of public policy is appointed.
Orgill said: “Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan represent some of the world’s most popular travel destinations, and will play a massive role as we aim to welcome one billion users on to the platform by 2028. I can’t wait to build on my five years at Airbnb and help grow our community of guests and hosts in the years ahead.”
The Stanford University alumnus joined Airbnb in April 2014 as director of public policy for the Asia Pacific region, and went on to build and lead a team of policy professionals across the region.
Before joining the firm, Orgill was on the US-ASEAN business council in Washington D.C. and was responsible for leading Google’s public policy efforts for emerging markets in Asia.
Since 2008, San Francisco-based rental platform Airbnb has been recognised as a community marketplace for people to list and book unique accommodations around the world via mobile phones, tablets or online. It currently has operations in 34,000 cities and 191 countries.
It also claims that it has hosted more than nine million guests in Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan in the last year.