Now Airbnb to provide accommodation in PyeongChang for winter Olympics
Airbnb, the online home rental marketplace, has signed an agreement with organisers of next year’s winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang to provide accommodation for visitors amid concerns over a lack of rooms and high prices.
Airbnb provided a similar service at last year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Airbnb said that it would work with the local community in PyeongChang to offer accommodation options during the games, scheduled for 9 to 25 February, 2018.
It had earlier signed a separate agreement with Gangwon Province, where Pyeongchang is located, to provide lodging and promotional support for the games.
Airbnb accommodation in the area has risen by 30 per cent in six months from 1,650 in December last year to 2,134 in June, the company said.
Chris Lehane, Airbnb’s head of global policy and public affairs, added: “With the eyes of the world focused on Pyeongchang, our community is stepping up and providing guests with unique and local travel experiences.”
In Rio, 48,000 Airbnb listings housed 85,000, or 17 per cent, of the city’s estimated 500,000 visitors, according to the company.
For those games, Airbnb, which allows homeowners to rent out their properties on a temporary basis, beat off competition from two other accommodation providers, Hotel Urbano and Alugue Temporada.