Airbnb hosting sites extend to rural PHLs

MOST of the properties offered by the Airbnb vacation rental platform have spanned the Filipino countryside.

In an email to BusinessMirror, Airbnb global co-founder and chief strategy officer Nate Blecharczyk said he was grateful their Filipino hosts stayed with them during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“What we’ve seen over the past year is that the platform is incredibly resilient when it comes to supply and we’re seeing three trends,” he said, like new hosts usually.[follow] where are guests going – in this case the number of listings in rural markets has increased, in part because that’s where more people are going.

He added, with the gradual reopening of several leisure destinations, “traffic to Airbnb from potential hosts has increased.” Additionally, as more travelers travel from one area to another and large social events are permitted, “our past experience has indicated that this will generate new active hosts. “

Blecharczyk emphasized, “Given the financial challenges facing the world, we know that Airbnb is providing vital economics to our existing hosts and we know that with this historic travel rebound, it will be a powerful incentive for d ‘Others are joining our community as vaccination rates rise, markets open and cross-border travel returns on time.

Customers supported tourism jobs

In a statement, Airbnb also said it supports the Philippine government’s initiatives to boost the national economy during the pandemic, by boosting the recovery in tourism. According to the Ministry of Tourism (DOT), nearly 99% of tourism businesses are made up of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

An Airbnb survey from February 1, 2021 to March 3, 2021 of Homes hosts who organized a trip in 2020, or Homes guests who took a trip in 2020, showed that accommodation is an economic lifeline for thousands of Filipinos on our platform. The survey showed that 57% of Airbnb hosts said the income they earned from hosting helped them stay at home, and more than half want to find more ways to host with Airbnb.

“Although the short-term rental industry is a fairly new phenomenon in the Philippines, it is already playing a key role in helping to create a more diverse and resilient tourism sector, while encouraging entrepreneurship and supporting jobs across the country. across the country. Importantly, hosts on Airbnb are committed to helping accelerate the recovery of the broader tourism industry when returning from travel. More than a third of Filipino Airbnb hosts share recommendations with customers on their favorite local restaurants and businesses in their community, ”the company said.

Oxford Economics research estimated that in 2019, Airbnb customers visiting Manila spent around $ 257 million and directly supported nearly 16,000 jobs.

More accredited properties

The company also expects more hospitality properties in the Philippines to be DOT accredited. The company said, “We support the efforts of the DOT on accreditation of tourist establishments and have worked closely with the DOT to encourage and equip guests to apply for relevant accreditation online through the online accreditation system. DOWRY. “

The houses, condominiums and other accommodation offered for rent under Airbnb are accredited by the DOT as Mabuhay accommodation or host families. As of April 30, 2021, the DOT had accredited 4,201 Mabuhay housing units and 172 host families. Even though they’re all Airbnbs, that’s only 11% of the country’s 39,000 total Airbnb listings. (See “Less than 11% of total PHL Airbnbs are DOT accredited”, in the BusinessMirror, May 30, 2021.)

Accommodation in Mabuhay refers to tourist lodges, retirement homes, motels, bed and breakfasts, guest houses, inns and other similar accommodation establishments.

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