Japanese Olympians, Paralympians and Volunteers to Host Airbnb Online Experiences During Tokyo 2020
The organized program offers over 200 ways to support and connect with Olympians and Paralympians online, bringing the spirit of Tokyo 2020 closer to home than ever.
Bangkok, Thailand – Thais unable to make it to the next Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games will now be able to experience the Games firsthand, with an exciting new series of online experiences on Airbnb led by local Games athletes and volunteers. With Japan ranking # 1 for foreign destinations of choice for Thai customers on Airbnb *, these online experiences will give Thais a taste of the country and the upcoming Tokyo 2020 festivities, from the comfort of their own homes.
Airbnb, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) are bringing people closer than ever to the magic of Tokyo 2020 with a special program of over 200 Olympic and Paralympic online experiences, only on Airbnb. Hosted by sports heroes both competing and retired, these unique experiences will allow athletes to share their passion with guests who can connect directly with them during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
In a unique occasion, guests will be able to relive a personal Olympic history with living legends of the US men’s basketball team Scottie Pippen, Larry Bird and Michael Johnson. They will also be able to discuss preparations for the Games with world-class surfer John Florence, discuss the pursuit of his dreams with one of the world’s youngest professional skateboarders, Sky Brown, experience a debriefing after the Games with Olympic silver medalist in triathlon Jonny Brownlee and learn dynamic exercises. runner and eight-time Paralympic medalist Blake Leeper.
Airbnb partners with the Nippon Foundation Volunteer Support Center
In addition to the online experiences hosted by athletes, Airbnb has partnered with 89 local volunteers from the Nippon Foundation Volunteer Support Center to host 20 free online experiences.
Hosted by locals, these unique and authentic experiences will be offered free of charge on a first come, first served basis. The initiative aims to give guests a glimpse of the venues, cities and stories behind this year’s Games and to inspire future trips to Japan.
From a virtual tour of the Tokyo 2020 National Stadium area to an introduction to the Fukushima Azuma Stadium area combined with a calligraphy class and Yokohama Olympic venues and stadiums. Guests will get a unique insight into the cities of Japan that will host the Games, including Miyagi, Fukushima, Yokohama, Shizuoka and Tokyo.
* Based on internal Airbnb data on travel search growth from January-February 2021 to March-April 2021.