Joe Poulin is the Vice President of Luxury at Airbnb. He is responsible for Airbnb’s approach to luxury travel as well as continued leadership of the company he founded in 1999, Luxury Retreats. Joe is driving the company’s vision to revolutionize luxury travel through transformational end-to-end trips with incredible homes, personalization and world-class service around the world. With a continued focus on quality and service, he now leads a growing global team of luxury travel industry experts.
Joe joined Airbnb in 2017 following the acquisition of Luxury Retreats, which continues to operate in partnership with Airbnb creating personalized villa vacations, through an unmatched portfolio of over 5,000 hand-picked, personally inspected villas in more than 100 destinations worldwide.
Joe founded Luxury Retreats at the precocious age of 17 from his bedroom in Montreal. After building a website for a villa owner, Joe saw the potential of the sharing economy. He envisioned a network of luxury villa rentals under one, cohesive website that he launched in February 1999. In 19 years, Luxury Retreats grew from a four-property listing site to one of the world’s largest specialty villa rental companies with a portfolio of villas exceeding US$6 Billion in value.
In 2012 by Ernst & Young as one of Canada’s “Entrepreneurs of the Year” for his achievements in founding and growing Luxury Retreats. His entrepreneurial rise has been well chronicled by press and industry alike.