Airbnb has introduced 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 health, people can’t undertake routine activities like going to work, exercising or pursuing a passion.
The new programme 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 Online 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.
With so many people sheltering in place, It provides new activities for families to explore like learning the secrets of magic, options for work colleagues who want to reconnect and bond with team activities like making coffee with a professional coffee taster, features for groups looking to celebrate birthdays or get-togethers privately and the option to request specific dates for experiences like bartending with experts.
“Human connection is at the core of what we do,” said Catherine Powell, head of Airbnb Experiences. “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.”