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Available in41 languages
Area servedGlobal
ServicesHospitality service
Social networking service
Alexa rank507,989 (As of 5 May 2019)[1]
Users119,000, of which approximately 200 login per day and 8% have logged in within the last 12 months[2]
LaunchedFebruary 2007; 12 years ago (2007-02)

BeWelcome operates a hospitality service and social networking service. The platform is a gift economy; hosts are not allowed to charge for lodging.

BeWelcome is operated by BeVolunteer, a nonprofit organization organized as a voluntary association registered in Rennes, France, which is composed solely of volunteers. The software behind the website, the BW-rox platform, is free and open-source software.[3]


The idea for the website came in 2005 after members of Hospitality Club, another hospitality service, had a disagreement with its founder.[4]

The website was launched in February 2007.[5][6]

After CouchSurfing, another hospitality service, became a for-profit corporation in 2011, some members urged others to join BeWelcome.[7].

In May 2019, a redesigned website was launched.[8]


  1. ^ "Alexa Internet:". Alexa Internet.
  2. ^ "About BeWelcome: Statistics". BeWelcome.
  3. ^ "About BeWelcome". BeWelcome.
  4. ^ Baker, Vicky (18 April 2008). "Going local in Caracas, Venezuela". The Guardian.
  5. ^ Baker, Vicky (26 August 2011). "Budget Travel: Not-for-profit Couchsurfing becomes a company (with a conscience)". The Guardian.
  6. ^ Kugel, Seth (7 January 2014). "Tips for Travel Savings in 2014". The New York Times.
  7. ^ Brown, Kristen V. (26 November 2014). "A rough ride to profit for CouchSurfing". San Francisco Chronicle.
  8. ^ "BeWelcome Announces Launch of Platform Redesign" (Press release). May 2, 2019.

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