To  our valued community,

Let’s get right to the point: today, we’re asking for your help. Please join our team of investors by participating in our Wefunder crowdfunding campaign (minimum investment: $100, approximately €85). The funds raised ( $140K+ to date, a heartfelt thank you to the 300+ participants!) will help misterb&b pass  this very difficult period, and vigorously bounce back as soon as travel resumes.

The Covid-19 coronavirus crisis hit us right when our growth was exceeding 20% per month, thanks to the addition of a large catalogue of LGBTQ-friendly hotels on our platform last December. Travel restrictions abruptly halted this growth, preventing us from reaching the break-even point and becoming profitable for the first time. For seven months now, misterb&b has been in hibernation mode with dramatic cost reductions, a hiring freeze, temporary unemployment, pay cuts, and the aid  of governmental and private relief funds.

Despite these efforts, and the partial return of our activity between June and September, we must admit that the months ahead are going to be extremely difficult. In our hearts, we do not believe that travel will resume for real before the summer of 2021. That’s nine  more months to go!

We hate to interrupt your day with this message, as we can imagine you have other things to read or do. But there you have it. If every person who opened this email, and could  afford it, joined our team of investors on WeFunder (minimum investment is $100, around €85), misterb&b could continue to thrive for years to come, and offer the entire LGBTQ travel community the opportunity to experience  a more welcoming world.

When we created misterb&b, many told us that it would never work, claiming  the “market” was too small. Yet, six years on misterb&b has grown to become the world’s largest LGBTQ-friendly accommodation booking site. Our teams (around twenty people currently) work tirelessly on a daily basis to offer you the best possible experience. By becoming an investor, you will show them how much their work means to you.

We imagine that most recipients will ignore this message. We just hope you take a minute to  think about the importance of a platform like ours in your life as an LGBTQ traveler. Imagine the next time you search for a LGBTQ-friendly stay, you realize that misterb&b no longer exists? This is not what we want, and we can imagine it’s not what you want either. We thank you all for your time and attention.

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Host story Copenhagen: Something is gay in the state of Denmark
Sept. 30 2017
by Saverio

Host story Copenhagen: Something is gay in the state of Denmark
misterb&b host story

Emilio has been part of the misterb&b community for a long time. He's one of our fabul'hosts in Copenhagen and knows just what to do to make his guests feel at home! Check out his experience here, and, when you next travel, remember to choose misterb&b to stay like a gay local...

 

What’s it like hosting for the gay community? 

It's a very nice experience. You get to know a lot of new people and have lots of interesting conversations and hear people's stories... what they do for a living, what they are doing in Copenhagen, their expectations about the trip. You really get to know people and share some good moments with them.

 

Do you enjoy spending time hanging out with your guests?

Yes, I do. And I do it as much as I can. If they stay at my place over a weekend then I'll take them out to gay bars and show them the real Copenhagen gay nightlife. I introduce them to my friends and make sure they have a great time in town! I always give my guests tips of places to visit in Copenhagen, where to eat and so on. And if they stay during the week, most of the times we just hang out at home watching TV and talking.  

 

What interesting people have come to stay with you?

I've had a lot of very interesting people; those from different countries and different backgrounds. Once I had an Italian guy who came for a casting at the Royal Theatre. He played the bass and asked me if it was OK to rehearse in my apartment... I said 'yes', of course. It was loud but amazing! 

What are the main things your guests love doing in Copenhagen?

They really enjoy the very local and unique places that I recommend to them. Everyone has been very open to my suggestions so far. Guests from misterb&b are generally more friendly and open to explore and discover.

 

What’s your best memory of a guest?

Last summer I had a guy from Czech Republic staying over and we had a really good time together. We clicked from the beginning and we spent most of his time in Copenhagen together. We went swimming in the channel, went out clubbing, had dinner on my balcony and shared some really nice chats. 

 

What’s the nicest thing a guest has ever done for you? Do they ever bring you gifts?

I just had an Irish guy that invited me out for a dinner. That was very nice of him. I also had an Italian guy that left a bottle of wine and a postcard for my birthday before he left. 

 

Finally, what do you think makes the perfect misterb&b host?

I think what makes a good host is the desire to always try to make your guests feel at home. Just like if they were visiting a friend.

 

 

 

Heading to Copenhagen? Check out Emilio's listing on misterb&b.

 

 

 

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