Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) Australia is co-ordinating these workshops around the Pacific as part of their Digital Tourism program.
PTI Australia are joining forces with Airbnb to bring a series of Airbnb workshops to the Pacific Islands, providing an opportunity to learn firsthand what home sharing is and how the Airbnb platform works.
The Vanuatu Tourism Office said it is pleased to be involved and will be joining the presentation to discuss accreditation, tourism permits, and the Tourism Market development Fund.
Founded in 2008 Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodation around the world - online or from a mobile phone. Whether a beach house for a night, a castle for a week, or an entire house for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 85,000 cities and 191 countries. With a growing community of users Airbnb provides an easy way for families to make extra from the additional space they have by showcasing what they have to offer to an audience of millions.
Chad Morris, General Manager Investment & Tourism, PTI Australia said that Airbnb is a great opportunity for ni-Vanuatu to generate extra income.
“Pacific Islanders are naturally amazing hosts, we’re seeing the emergence of a new type of traveller who are looking for a different holiday experience, travellers that may have not considered the Pacific Islands before. Airbnb a great opportunity for ni-Vanuatu families to generate some extra income from a spare room or beach house they may have. We’ve partnered with Airbnb as we believe it’s important to these workshops to the Pacific so more people can learn and take advantage of the opportunity that Airbnb provides.
“We really appreciate the support of the Vanuatu Tourism Office as our on the ground partner and expert in helping facilitate the workshops. Airbnb is a great fit for the Pacific as it takes a community approach, it’s also a simple process for the host to list and take bookings that doesn’t require access to a computer. If you have an extra room or house I highly recommend you take advantage of the free workshop and come meet the team from Airbnb and hear what it’s about.”
Brent Thomas, Head of Public Policy Australasia, Airbnb said the upcoming workshop and partnership with PTI Australia demonstrates Airbnb’s commitment to further strengthening local communities in Vanuatu.
“Importantly, we want to continue to work collaboratively with government and Vanuatu Tourism Office to grow our community sustainably, but also responsibly.”