Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello and Airbnb CEO Brian
Chesky have partnered to drive tourism to the island as it continues to rebuild
after the hurricanes last September.
As part of the partnership, Airbnb launched its Experiences
product on the island, which helps visitors enjoy the authentic Puerto Rico
through activities hosted by locals.
Airbnb will donate its fees from trips booked in Puerto Rico
for the next three months to various organizations, including All Hands and
Hearts, a nonprofit volunteer relief group.
Airbnb and Puerto Rico plan to launch a destination-marketing
campaign to highlight the diverse experiences available to visitors.
"Puerto Rico has long been a top destination for
travelers looking to experience its rich culture, beautiful scenery and
incredible hospitality," Chesky said. "The island's determination in
the face of many challenges has surprised and amazed us. We look forward to
working with these important partners to unlock the magic of Puerto Rico for
more travelers and empower businesses and locals to build an even stronger
travel industry than before the hurricane."
Rossello said that leveraging the power of the Airbnb
platform will increase the visibility of Puerto Rico as a travel destination,
helping to make it more sustainable, diverse and beneficial to its residents.
Airbnb's business in Puerto Rico has rebounded since the
hurricanes. Since October 2017, nearly 3,000 hosts in Puerto Rico have welcomed
112,000 guests. The launch of Airbnb Experiences will contribute even more to
the local economy.
Close to 50 Experiences are available across the island,
ranging from a sunset sail in San Juan Bay and hiking in a nature reserve to
touring San Juan's nightlife with a local musician.