Airbnb and International Rescue Group announce a partnership to meet a major need for disaster relief victims: SHELTER.
IRG Airbnb’s Open Homes program, in which extra space, such as a spare bedroom or guest house, is offered to those displaced or relief workers deployed to respond to a disaster. Those “who are in need of free, temporary accommodations” can search for and request to book available space on the hospitality marketplace.
IRG is supporting Airbnb's development and roll-out of their Open Homes Program in the Caribbean. IRG Commodore Carol Greenhouse for Open Homes (pictured) is developing and running this program. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Press Release (edited) below.
August 5th 2018: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Airbnb and International Rescue Group are holding events Monday and Tuesday “to learn how you can better prepare for and respond to a disaster, and use your extra space to help your community respond and recover,” according to the event webpages.
The events are intended to promote Airbnb’s Open Homes program, in which extra space, such as a spare bedroom or guest house, is offered to those displaced or relief workers deployed to respond to a disaster. Those “who are in need of free, temporary accommodations” can search for and request to book available space on the hospitality marketplace.
The sessions will be held Monday, Aug. 6.
After disaster preparedness sessions, Airbnb will give a brief presentation about the Open Homes program.
“The extension of the Open Homes program to Puerto Rico demonstrates a firm commitment by Airbnb to join the preparation and response plans for emergency situations or natural disasters. Since a formal alliance was established between the Tourism Company of Puerto Rico and Airbnb in August 2017, not only have they managed to raise about $2.7 million to date in room-occupancy taxes through the platform, but we have also kept working in close collaboration to bring innovative concepts and programs to the island that allow us to strengthen our tourism offer,” Tourism Co. Director Carla Campos said in a release issued by the government corporation that deals with internal tourism and its regulations.
“Airbnb is committed to ensuring that our hosts are prepared for disasters, as well as ensuring that our Open Homes program is available to communities affected by these crises,” Kellie Bentz, senior Airbnb Response and Disaster Relief manager, added.
“International Rescue Group is proud to partner with the world’s largest hospitality platform to help shelter Caribbean residents and rescue personnel after hurricanes and other regional disasters. While Open Homes is just beginning in the Caribbean, we hope to reach hundreds of thousands in the region, and invite all interested parties to get involved in this powerful initiative,” IRG Commodore Carol Greenhouse said.
Since 2012, the Airbnb host community has provided free temporary housing to thousands who have been displaced by disasters, conflict and other unexpected situations.
For more information, visit airbnb.com/openhomes
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