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Airbnb is pushing Trips hard, and further into more countries in Asia.

The San Francisco-based company on Monday launched Trips across two new cities in the region, Singapore and Bangkok.

This brings the Trips to four cities in Asia, including Seoul and Tokyo, which was in the original roll out late last year.

Trips is an Airbnb feature which allows users to find and book local tours and activities while on holiday.

Joe Gebbia, co-founder and chief product officer of Airbnb, told us in an interview that the concept was born back in 2012, in order to elevate Airbnb from a place to book accommodations, to “end-to-end” holiday firm.

But for Airbnb to beat travel agencies which have been doing this for longer, it needs to offer one thing: convenience.

“If you book with us you can discover these [activities] very easily over the same app, you don’t have to find a local service or dig through to find out what the local options are,” said Gebbia.

“[We want] to really answer the question ‘What can I do now that I’m here?'”

Joe tries his hand at making dumplings in Singapore

Joe tries his hand at making dumplings in Singapore

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