Airbnb partners with the Olympics

BANGKOK, 22 November 2019: Airbnb has signed off on an agreement to support the Olympic Movement through to 2028.

The nine-year, five-Games partnership will create a new accommodation channel for host cities to offer to spectators and fans.

EDITORIAL USE ONLY Joe Gebbia, Airbnb Co-Founder (L) and Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee sign​ a nine-year, five-Games partnership, at Japan House, London. PA Photo. The partnership will support the Olympic Movement through to 2028, starting with the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Picture date: Monday November 18, 2019. Photo credit should read: Matt Alexander/PA Wire

The agreement includes accommodation provisions that will reduce costs for Olympic Games organisers and stakeholders, minimise the need for construction of new accommodation infrastructure for the Olympic Games period, and generate direct revenue for local hosts and communities.

Airbnb Co-founder Joe Gebbia said: “Airbnb and the IOC have a strong track record in creating and accommodating the world’s greatest events. Our Olympic partnership will ensure that the Games are the most inclusive, accessible and sustainable yet, and leave a lasting positive legacy for athletes and host communities. Airbnb’s mission is to create a world where anyone can belong anywhere, and we are proud that the Olympic spirit will be carried by our community.”

The partnership will generate hundreds of thousands of new hosts over nine years, giving community residents the opportunity to earn extra income by providing accommodation and local experiences to visiting fans, athletes and other members of the Olympic Movement.

The IOC and Airbnb will launch Airbnb Olympian Experiences to provide direct earning opportunities for athletes, underlining the IOC’s efforts to support athletes and put them at the heart of the Olympic Movement.

To be launched in early 2020, this new category will bring Airbnb’s goal of providing economic empowerment through hosting to athletes worldwide. In the coming months, Airbnb and the IOC will provide support and training to athletes interested in becoming a host on the Airbnb Experiences platform.

In addition, the IOC will make at least USD28 million worth of Airbnb accommodation available over the course of the partnership to athletes competing at the Olympic and Paralympic Games for competition and training-related travel.

As a global partner, Airbnb will now support the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing 2022, the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris 2024, the Olympic Winter Games Milano-Cortina 2026, and the Olympic Games in Los Angeles 2028.

The agreement also includes marketing rights for the IPC and the Paralympic Games through the IOC-IPC long-term collaboration agreement, as well as for the Youth Olympic Games.