Our mission is to help create a world where anyone can belong anywhere and Airbnb makes it easier for people from around the world to get off the beaten path and travel to cities and neighborhoods they might have missed. From Cuba, to Africa, to France, to China, we’ve seen how amazing experiences and lasting friendships can arise when people from different cultures come together, and we’re honored to support this kind of direct people-to-people diplomacy.
Chinese travelers are an important part of our global community. To date, there have been more than 3.5 million guest arrivals by Chinese travelers at Airbnb listings all over the world. Outbound travel from China has grown 500% in 2015 alone, making China one of the fastest growing outbound markets for Airbnb. Along the way, these travelers serve as cultural ambassadors for China, educating their hosts in countries around the world about China and what the Chinese people have to offer.
As more and more people in China begin using Airbnb as hosts and guests, we’ve been speaking with local community members about home sharing and how Airbnb can deliver real benefits to families and communities. Airbnb is committed to working with cities and we’ve met with countless community members who are excited about home sharing. To date in China, we’ve entered into a range of partnerships with local community organizations including Huashou Community Elderly Services Center and the City of Shenzhen and — just last week — the Chongqing Tourism Administration.
In Chongqing, Airbnb and the City of Chongqing signed a new Memorandum of Understanding. Chongqing is one of the five national cities in China and is well-respected for its culture. Under the agreement, Airbnb and the City of Chongqing will work together to educate and train the Airbnb community in Chongqing, encourage entrepreneurship in the city and promote international tourism in the city.
Airbnb is home to good travelers and good neighbors who contribute to their communities. In China and around the world, we’ll continue to work in partnership with communities and governments to support home sharing and bring real economic benefits to people and communities.