Chris Lehane, Airbnb Global
Head of Public Policy and Public Affairs said “
“Airbnb travel is already
delivering significant economic benefits for Africa and today's investment will
help kickstart new benefits for more people across
It followed the presentation
of a study demonstrating how Airbnb hosts in
“This will help more locals to turn their passions into economic opportunities and showcase the best authentic experiences that guests might otherwise miss,” said Lehane.
He said that the investments will be put to work in 2018 and will focus on empowering townships through hosting, promoting sustainable and inclusive tourism through technology, and supporting locals and nonprofits through Airbnb travel.
Meanwhile, Lehane also released a study highlighting the economic and social benefits of travel using Airbnb for local families and their communities.
The study shows that there are now more than 100,000 homes listed on Airbnb in Africa and that there have been more than two million all-time global guest arrivals using Airbnb, helping spread tourism benefits beyond hotels and tourist hotspots to the places local residents call home.
Johannesburg Mayor Herman
Mashaba said "
Mashaba said that the African continent needs to create entrepreneurial mindsets in the whole population; this can only be done if they show people that they already have the tools needed to participate in the economy.
Lehane added that Airbnb can be a
major engine for economic empowerment throughout
“We look forward to working
with communities across the continent to harness their innovative spirit and
technology on our people-to-people platform to help spread tourism benefits
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