Airbnb opens frontline responders programme in Mexico and Colombia

Worldwide: Airbnb is expanding its frontline responders programme, which allows hosts to offer their properties for free or at a discounted rate for Covid-19 medical responders, into the Central and South American markets.

The company is growing its programme into the countries of Mexico and Colombia and has said that it is committed to waiving fees for the first 100,000 bookings made globally.

Airbnb had previously opened the programme in Italy and France, before expanding into the United Kingdom and the United States. The company has committed to covering up to $50 worth of cleaning costs for each individual reservation.

Alberto Yohai, president of the Colombian Chamber of Information and Telecommunications, said: We are very proud to be a part of this initiative that will help mitigate the negative impact of Covid-19, which is perfectly in line with the efforts that have been articulated between the private sector and the national government in moments where solidarity and generosity must shine above everything else.”

In Colombia, Airbnb’s programme will also include limited partnerships with boutique hotels and groups to provide further  support. Dann Hotels, Ayenda Hotels and GHotels have been the first to volunteer, and will provide limited services specifically for this programme.

In Mexico, the company has made a direct partnership with the Red Cross in order to drive bookings. Members of the organisation have been trained on how to use the platform and find adequate accommodation.

Fernando Suinaga Cárdenas, national president of Mexican Red Cross said: “The dedication, professionalism, commitment and spirit of service of all those who make the work of the Mexican Red Cross possible is the strength and motor of our institution. Everything we can do to support them will translate into the possibility of helping more people.”

For more information on Airbnb’s first responders programme, visit the link here.