We are extending the option for our employees to work remotely through the end of August 2021, even if their home office has reopened.
Airbnb is rooted in connection and belonging and we are committed to taking steps to advance racial justice, foster positive change and help empower members of our community. As part of this, it is important that we recognize the Black community’s long standing fight for equality and we applaud the passage of legislation to make Juneteenth a federal holiday in the United States. Starting this year, Airbnb will observe Juneteenth as a paid company holiday for all employees in the United States. To honor Juneteenth, Black@, Airbnb’s employee resource group for Black employees, wanted to highlight the global fight of Black people against oppression. This campaign features an essay from bestselling author Carvell Wallace that details how these uprisings served as a catalyst for societal shifts in consciousness and understanding. You can learn more by reading Wallace’s essay:
Congratulations to the inaugural grant recipients of the Airbnb Community Fund, which is distributing $10 million in grants in 2021 to 150+ organizations that are strengthening communities around the world, such as the Mann Deshi Foundation and the Affordable Homeownership Foundation. These organizations are working to meet unprecedented needs brought about by the pandemic focused on economic empowerment and education. A huge thank you to our Host Advisory Board, who selected the grant focus areas and worked with our program partner, GlobalGiving, to compile a list of global organizations working to meet these needs.
Many of the 100+ upgrades across our entire service were inspired by the Airbnb Report on Travel & Living–a comprehensive analysis of Airbnb booking data and consumer research–revealing how people are traveling anytime, to more places and staying longer.
Meet Tina, a single mom and social worker in upstate New York who found herself $140,000 in debt. Over the past several weeks, Tina has been working with the team from Crackle’s Going from Broke to adopt new habits and change her lifestyle in order to pay off her debt – including sharing her home on Airbnb. Beginning today, you can watch Tina's journey to financial freedom through hosting come to life, as her full episode streams on Crackle – with a special appearance by Brian Chesky, who shared some advice with Tina on becoming a Host and finding success as she starts her own small business. If you are inspired by Tina’s story and are also considering hosting, get started at airbnb.com/host
With rural travel growing in popularity, we’re excited to announce the launch of the Airbnb Entrepreneurship Academy in the US. Introduced in Asia and Africa, this immersive training program helps empower communities and make it easier to host, and this launch will initially focus on select rural communities in North Carolina, including the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
Today, we’re announcing the launch of Live Anywhere on Airbnb, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for 12 participants and up to three companions each to live exclusively in listings on Airbnb for approximately one year. Participants will provide insights on features, services, and the experience of nomadic living, that could help shape the future of flexible living on Airbnb, including: - Product changes and resources that could help improve the long-term living experience - Ideal types of accommodations for solo travelers or groups like families - Connections to local community members and businesses - Better understanding of financial benefits of hosting while traveling Airbnb will cover the cost of accommodations and provide an allowance for transportation for the duration of the program. Applications for Live Anywhere on Airbnb are now open until June 30, 2021:
Airbnb?s Enhanced Cleaning Initiative continues to evolve and expand as our community adapts to a new world of travel and health precautions.
Data expert Anita Roth shares insights into new guests who have used Airbnb to book nearby getaways for the first time this spring and summer:
Airbnb’s enhanced cleaning protocol—the first overarching standardized guidelines for cleaning and sanitization in the home sharing industry—is now available to support hosts and governments in advance of reopening communities for travel.