Airbnb has announced the launch of Online Experiences, a new way for people to connect, travel virtually and earn income during the COVID-19 crisis.
With communities around the world staying home to protect their own health and the health of others, people can’t pursue routine activities like going to work, exercising or pursuing a passion.
Now, Online Experiences will change that by allowing hosts to earn an income in these uncertain times, and bring their transformative virtual Experience to millions of guests.
Airbnb Experiences offers an array of options like meditation with Buddhist monks, virtual visits with the dogs of Chernobyl, cooking with a Moroccan family, and more.
Online Experiences unlocks unprecedented access to inspiring hosts from more than 30 different countries, including Olympic medalists Alistair Brownlee and Lauren Gibbs.
Whether a HIIT workout, learning about nutrition with a Bobsledder or a virtual bike tour, guests can now connect with some of the most celebrated athletes in the world from the comforts of their own living room.
Catherine Powell, Head of Airbnb Experiences, said: “Human connection is at the core of what we do.
“With so many people needing to stay indoors to protect their health, we want to provide an opportunity for our hosts to connect with our global community of guests in the only way possible right now, online.”
To help those who are most isolated, like older adults, Airbnb has partnered with local organisations around the world to curate Experiences for their communities to be able to learn a new skill while protecting their health.
This includes SAGE, the world’s largest and oldest organisation dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older people.
Michael Adams, CEO of SAGE, said: “Millions of elders aren’t able to go outside and risk their health due to the current crisis, and need activities to help them stay connected to the world around them.”
“Through our partnership with Airbnb, SAGE is able to give older members of LGBT communities across the country an opportunity to not only meet other people, but also learn a new hobby and travel to nearly anywhere around the world, all from the safety of their home.
“This is what partnership and connection is all about.”