Airbnb and state agencies help homestay operators
Thanks to a loan offered by GSB, an Airbnb host was able to develop his homestay business by transforming his ironwork workshop into a café for guests to relax.
Airbnb has partnered with the Department of Local Government (DLA) of the Home Office and the Government Savings Bank (GSB) to promote and train homestay operators across the country.
Launched in 2018, the Airbnb-DLA “Empowering Local Tourism Entrepreneurs” partnership has trained and recruited existing homestay operators on the Airbnb platform.
Airbnb partnered with GSB in May to further build host family capacity through onboarding and host training, as well as providing flexible rate loans and payment plans to homeowners to save money. upgrading their host families.
Since 2018, more than 740 local host families have been listed on Airbnb thanks to the two partnerships. The global hotel platform connects Thai hotel entrepreneurs to its marketplace network and connects host family owners to over 500 million guests worldwide.
Mich Goh, Airbnb’s public policy manager for Southeast Asia, said Airbnb is committed to continuing to work with valuable partners to help the government empower hospitality entrepreneurs and create an offering hotel quality.
Despite this cooperation between Airbnb and the government, short stays in Airbnb residences without a hotel license are still illegal, with many operating in a legal gray area.
Host families in more than 60 provinces of Thailand are now available on the Airbnb platform.
The main destinations where these host families are located are Buri Ram, Saraburi, Ubon Ratchathani, Roi Et and Rayong.
The partnership is part of the government’s desire to attract more tourists to second-tier cities and rural provinces.
DLA chief executive Suttipong Juljarern said the joint efforts have helped connect hundreds of local host families with foreign guests and created additional income for hospitality entrepreneurs in communities across Thailand.
“We will continue to build a comprehensive tourism ecosystem that improves skills and uplifts people, strengthens communities and improves livelihoods and standards of living nationwide,” he said.
Chatchai Payuhanaveechai, Chairman and CEO of GSB, said the bank looks forward to continuing its collaboration to equip host family owners so that they can provide the best hospitality experience for visitors.
GSB provides funding and training to encourage the long-term growth of local hotel entrepreneurs.