The people who grew up in the culture of this country have always been known as “hospitable”. Our people are very open-minded about helping others by opening their homes and learning about their culture. Missafir transforms this value of ours into a lucrative solution partnership, keeping your home alive.
Birth of Missafir Idea
Mehmet Yüksel met with the magic of traveling the world and sharing the same house with people from different cultures during the Erasmus student exchange program. When he returned to Istanbul, he opened the doors of his own house to guests from different European countries in order to continue the culture of sharing he loved so much. Yüksel went to England to continue his education life. Here, Yüksel and Aleksandra, with whom he lives, started to earn high income by sharing their houses on Airbnb. Over time, they specialized in hosting with Airbnb and won the "Airbnb Superhost" award 10 times in a row.
Although it was a pleasant process, there were still some problems with home-sharing. During this period, Yüksel experienced first-hand what kind of problems the process could cause for both the hosts and the guests. Difficulties such as key delivery, check-in and check-out times, housekeeping, accurate pricing and constant communication with guests led Yüksel to find a creative and innovative solution. This solution was technology-assisted operation and professional process management that would make these tasks easier, especially for homeowners. After putting the business model he had built for a long time on a more realistic basis with market analyzes, Yüksel decided that Istanbul was the perfect pilot location for such a project. Returning to Turkey with the dream of Missafir, Yüksel took the first steps of Missafir together with Aleksandra and Cem. Since then, he has led a team of people who are passionate about providing a flawless experience for hosts and guests.