Airbnb Expands Destination Partnerships to Live and Work Anywhere

Worldwide: Airbnb announced its partnership with 20 destinations around the world to make it easier to work and live from anywhere, especially digital nomads looking for long-term stays.

It follows the company’s launch of its Live and Work Anywhere initiative earlier this year, who identified the the most welcoming destinations for remote workers in the world. Supporting its own commitment to allowing employees to travel and work wherever they want, Airbnb will work with governments and destination marketing organizations. [DMOs] to help revive tourism and provide economic support to communities that have struggled under the burden of travel restrictions since the start of the pandemic.

Destinations were invited to apply for the initiative and were required to describe how they catered to remote workers in terms of entry and visa requirements, providing reliable Wi-Fi and phone services, and opportunities to connect with local communities.

Each destination will have its own landing pages on the Airbnb platform that provide access to extended stay listings, tax policies, entry requirements and more.

The 20 destinations Airbnb will promote include:

  • Baja California Sur, Mexico
  • Bali, Indonesia
  • Brindisi, Apulia, Italy
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Caribbean
  • Canary Islands, Spain
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Colombia
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Malta
  • Mexico City, Mexico
  • Palm Springs, California, USA
  • Queensland, Australia
  • rural france
  • Salzkammergut, Austria
  • Tampa Bay, Florida, USA
  • Thailand
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

Over the next few months, each DMO will create its own dedicated, bespoke hub for that destination, in partnership with Airbnb. Educational campaigns to promote responsible accommodation and travel as teleworkers will also be launched later this year.

Airbnb said around 20% of customers said they used the platform to work remotely while traveling in 2021 – a trend that also continued in the first quarter of this year. The company adds that customers have already planned stays in more than 72,000 cities and towns this summer.

Nathan Blecharczyk, co-founder and chief strategy officer of Airbnb, said: “In the two years since the start of the pandemic, a new world of travel has emerged in which many workers are not attached to a desk. By collaborating with these 20 destinations, we want to make it easier for workers to take advantage of this flexibility and support the return of safe and responsible travel.

“We know that travel provides important economic opportunities for local communities and connects people around the world. We are excited to launch this one-stop-shop for anyone considering joining the millions of workers who are already taking advantage of this new trend in work and travel flexibility,” he added.

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