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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Melbourne: Why I chose to host in the city I love
Jan. 25 2019
by Saverio

Melbourne: Why I chose to host in the city I love

Mark extensively traveled the world in his 20s. So he knows perfectly what it means to look for a home away from home: that's what encouraged him to become a host in Melbourne. Opening your home to the global gay community with misterb&b is his own way of experiencing different cultures now that he has taken the decision to put down some roots in Melbourne. And what better time to visit Melbourne than now; the city is celebrating its annual Pride, Midsumma! 

 

What does hosting for the gay community mean to you and why did you become a host?

I enjoy meeting new people, and I traveled a lot in my 20's. It’s a great opportunity to meet new and interesting people and show them around in Melbourne.

 

Tell us about some interesting people you have met through misterb&b

I've only hosted a handful of guests but they have all been very friendly and engaging. I think everyone is interesting and unique in their own way.

 © IG/visitmelbourne

 

In your opinion what attracts guests to your city

I think it's the fact we are so far away, and that there is fauna and flora that can’t be seen anywhere else in the world. Australians also have a reputation for being friendly, fun people.

 

Do you feel more involved with the LGBTQ community since you started hosting?

I was an activist in my 20's, now not so much, but hosting for misterb&b does make you feel more engaged with the community both locally and globally.

 © IG/visitmelbourne

 

Give us 3 reasons why you recommend hosting on misterb&b

Meeting new people from around the world, company for those living on their own, and the chance to share memorable experiences.

 

Why should a guest stay with you ?

My apartment is an old Art Deco building, furnished with original 70s antiques. It has a very quirky style that makes it a fun space to be in. I'm close to transport, and within walking distance of the CBD and key locations like Chapel Street and the beach. I'm really relaxed and easy to get along with, and I do my best to accommodate the needs of my guests so their stay is as enjoyable as possible. ●

 

 

 

Thinking of visiting Melbourne? Check out our Travel Guide and Accommodations for this great gay city! 

 

 

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Heading to Melbourne? Check out Mark's listing on misterb&b

Private room • Melbourne
Rated Exceptional 5.0 (10 reviews)
Wi-Fi • Parking • Kitchen