Today, Airbnb and Brand USA, the destination marketing organization for the United States, announce a new partnership designed to allow guests to explore the US from the comfort of home through Airbnb Online Experiences.
Now available, the Online Experiences hosted by Brand USA storytellers include learning the culinary traditions of the south from a Mississippi chef, the art of spoken word poetry with a Cleveland-based poet and a virtual adventure to Hawaii’s hidden coral reefs, a Social Impact Experience benefitting the Road to the Sea Foundation.
“As those of us in travel and tourism look to support the nation’s economic recovery, we are as proud as we are privileged to be partnering with Brand USA to make it possible for people all over the world to virtually visit the United States via Airbnb’s Online Experiences. These Online Experiences will help virtual visitors experience the incredible natural beauty of our lands, the cultural mosaic that makes America so special and, our greatest natural resource of all, our people,” said Chris Lehane, Senior Vice President for Global Public Policy and Communications at Airbnb.
“Over the years, millions of people across the globe have visited the US and connected with our country by being welcomed into the homes of our incredible community of home hosts,” Lehane said “In this moment we are in, where there are challenges to cross-border travel, this initiative will allow Airbnb hosts to open their virtual doors for people to experience the U.S. Our hope is that these Online Experiences will facilitate deeper connections between hosts and guests and encourage a future in real life trip.”
“Airbnb Online Experiences gives us a new platform to share warm and welcoming stories about U.S. destinations. As the world longs to travel again, we are delighted to help travelers understand places more deeply, meet real people, and uncover local perspectives to activate their wanderlust. It’s a fun and safe way to showcase what makes this country unique, and invite international travelers to virtually experience our people and destinations first-hand.” – Tom Garzilli, Chief Marketing Officer at Brand USA.
Partnering with Brand USA is part of Airbnb’s work with governments and tourism agencies to support economic growth as destinations around the world seek to recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. By working with destination marketing organizations, nonprofits and governments to support responsible and safe travel, Airbnb is helping communities harness these economic benefits for local citizens and small businesses.
Destination marketing organizations looking to partner with Airbnb through this program can find more information on a dedicated homepage.
Founded in 2008, Airbnb exists to create a world where anyone can belong anywhere, providing healthy travel that is local, authentic, diverse, inclusive and sustainable. Airbnb uniquely leverages technology to economically empower millions of people around the world to unlock and monetize their spaces, passions and talents to become hospitality entrepreneurs. Airbnb’s accommodation marketplace provides access to 6+ million unique places to stay in more than 81,000 cities and 191 countries. With Experiences, Airbnb offers unprecedented access to local communities and interests through 25,000+ unique, handcrafted activities run by hosts across 1,000+ markets around the world. Airbnb’s people-to-people platform benefits all its stakeholders, including hosts, guests, employees and the communities in which it operates.