Airbnb asks hosts to offer free accommodation in Barcelona to those affected by the attack – TechCrunch

Airbnb has activated its Disaster Response Tool to help those affected by the recent attacks in Barcelona. Airbnb’s tool offers free housing to anyone in urgent need of housing. At the time of publication, more than 80 people have opened their homes for free.

“Airbnb has activated our Disaster Response Tool to help those affected by the tragic events in Barcelona, ​​”Arnaldo Munoz, Airbnb Country Director for Spain, said in a statement. “Our hearts go out to those affected by this terrible attack.”

Using the Disaster Response Tool, travelers whose trips have been affected will be able to connect with local Airbnb hosts who have opened their homes for free. Free accommodation is available to anyone registering by September 7, 2017.

“In addition to our hosts, we would also like to thank all of the emergency responders who are working tirelessly to deal with this extremely difficult and tragic situation,” said Munoz.

Yesterday, someone drove a van through a crowd of dozens of people, who left 14 dead and more than 100 injured. On the same day, Cambrils suffered a fatal shooting which left five people dead. So far, Airbnb has not deployed the disaster response tool in Cambrils. For now, Airbnb says it is monitoring the situation in Cambrils and staying in contact with local authorities.

It should be noted that Airbnb has had a tumultuous relationship with the local government in Barcelona. As recently as last month, Barcelona city authorities installed beds near the center of the Catalan capital with multilingual signs saying “Just because this bed is available on the Internet does not mean that it is legal.”For a certain context, about 40 percent of the 16,000 homes rented during the holidays are illegal.

Airbnb first launched the Disaster Response Tool after Hurricane Sandy hit New York City in 2012. Including today’s response, Airbnb launched the tool 66 times in the world.

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