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Airbnb’s Online Experiences connects global community to handcrafted activities in cities around the worldOnline

Experiences enable Hosts to keep earning through COVID-19 disruptions

Local partnerships help curate Online Experiences for isolated seniors

Features Online Experiences with former Olympians like Alistair Brownlee and Lauren Gibbs

Airbnb announces 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 undertake 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 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, Online Experiences provide:

 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

See how Online Experiences work at https://youtu.be/XhaTCzKrEtE.

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 comfort of their own living room.

“Human connection is at the core of what we do,” says 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.”

Supporting the most isolated

To help those who are most isolated, like older adults, Airbnb has partnered with local organizations around the world to curate Experiences for their communities to be able to learn a new skill while protecting their health. Airbnb will work alongside the following to offer Experiences free of charge:

 SAGE, the world’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older people
 National Council on Aging (NCOA), a respected national leader and trusted partner in the US helping people aged 60+ meet the challenges of aging
 Associazione Nazionale Alpini – Sezione di Milan, veterans of the most respected and trustworthy military corp in Italy
 Amigos de los Mayores, an organization combating unwanted loneliness and social isolation amongst the elderly in Spain

“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,” says Michael Adams, SAGE CEO.

“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.”

Online Experiences are available now

Booking opens immediately with more than 50 virtual Airbnb Experiences available at http://www.airbnb.com/online-experiences, with thousands more coming online in the coming months.

Online Experiences will be hosted on Zoom, and Airbnb is providing Hosts access to Zoom free of charge along with personalized support services for curating, capturing and sharing their Online Experience.

For more information for those interested in hosting, visit http://www.airbnb.com/onlinehost.

Launched in 2016, Airbnb Experiences are unique, memorable activities designed and hosted by locals that go beyond typical tours or workshops. They provide deep insights and immersion into the hosts’ passions and interests, and a different way to experience a destination.

With Airbnb’s ‘in-person’ Experiences suspended through the end of April to protect the safety and wellbeing of hosts and guests, Airbnb is leveraging its technology platform to help its hosts continue to earn, while also allowing our guests to learn a new skill, safely connect with others, or pursue an interest.

Making the perfect Chinese steamed bun.
K-BEAUTY 101 with a TV host.
Meditation with a Japanese Buddhist Monk.

Highlight Online Experiences include:

Make the Perfect Chinese Steamed Bun

Meditation with a Japanese Buddhist Monk

K-BEAUTY 101 with a TV Host

Secrets of Magic

Mystical Coffee and Fortune Reading

Quarantinis, GINspiration at Home

Learn to Cook Mexican Salsas

Irish Dance Masterclass

Remote Rescue Goats

Virtual Bike Tour with 2x Gold Medalist Triathlete – Alistair Brownlee

Sonoma Ricotta Cheese Making and More

Guided Meditation with Sleepy Sheep

Grandma’s Pasta

Coffee Lessons with National Judge

Family Baking Experience

Dogs of Chernobyl

Join a Rollerskating Dance Party

Cooking Class with Moroccan Family

Interior Design Workshop

Sketch with a NYC Artist

Swedish Pastries with a Professional Baker

Day in the Life of an Olympic Bobsledder