Singapore-based startup and Asia’s fastest-growing online home-sharing platform PandaBed.com has launched PeerMatch to empower Asian holiday goers to find trustworthy accommodations and like-minded homeowners that match their lifestyle needs.
More than providing travellers with a place to stay, PandaBed’s newly added PeerMatch technology uses an algorithm to do advanced profile matching between local hosts and guests, connecting Asian homeowners to travellers who share similar cultural and social interests.
PeerMatch works by asking local hosts and travellers to fill in a one minute questionnaire to indicate and weigh the preferences they look for in a host or guest, such as gender, age, interests, profession, language spoken or dietary requirements.
The PeerMatch algorithm then computes a matching score between the host and guest, with a higher score indicating a better match and a more pleasant hosting or staying experience.
By taking into consideration the other party’s interests and preferences, PeerMatch also helps both host and guest to get a better understanding of each other before they meet.
“Asia is one of the most diverse regions in the world,” said Lester Kang, Co-Founder of PandaBed.
“After talking to many customers, we have observed that Asians prefer to connect with people who share similar culture, mindsets and values.
“Therefore with PeerMatch, we hope to be able to enhance the homestay experience for both our hosts and guests, and provide more meaningful interactions and connections.”
With over 10,000 listed accommodations across Asia in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, PandaBed aims to fuel the rapid growth of peer-to-peer home sharing by aligning it with Asian culture, values and insights.