Australia: Airbnb has announced a partnership with the Centre for Internet Safety to help hosts and guests stay safe online after a rise in cybercrime cases.
As such, the Centre will compile a report on internet safety and the travel industry, as well as fact sheets for hosts and guests with guidance.
Airbnb country manager for Australia, Sam McDonagh, said browsing safely and securely was an increasingly important part of being a good host.
McDonagh told Travel Weekly: “The safety of our community, both online and offline, is our foremost priority. We want to ensure our community has the know-how needed to help keep themselves and their guests stay while online.
“This landmark new partnership with the Centre for Internet Safety will help further protect our local community while online from problems like fraud or identity theft,” he added.
Managing director at the Centre for Internet Safety, Nigel Phair, said that the partnership marked a significant milestone in protecting guests, hosts and Australia’s estimated $143 billion tourism industry.
Phair said: “More than any other economic activity, the success of Australia as a leading global tourism destination depends on being able to provide a safe and secure environment for visitors. Our partnership with Airbnb will also provide the wider travel industry with internet safety best practice to ensure travellers and accommodation providers are protected against cybercrime.”
For more information, visit the Centre website here.