Airbnb introduces animal experiences

Airbnb introduces animal experiences
All proceeds from bookings will be directed to non-profit organisations supporting causes such as conservation, animal rescue and veterinary care
Published: 12 October 2019 - 2:15 p.m.
By: Claudia De Brito
A new category of Airbnb Experiences allows people to better understand animals through caring, expert hosts. With 1,000 Experiences co-hosted by more than 300 species and their human advocates, guests can paddleboard with corgis, kayak with conservationists, learn alongside urban beekeepers or skateboard with a world record-winning bulldog.

Airbnb Animal Experiences are underpinned by a new, industry-leading animal welfare policy, created in collaboration with World Animal Protection and are designed to ensure animal wellbeing at all times. Ranging from afternoon tea with naughty sheep to multi-day safaris, Airbnb Animal Experiences are hosted by caring experts as an antidote to typical tourist attractions such as kissing a dolphin or riding an elephant.

All proceeds from bookings will be directed to non-profit organisations supporting causes such as conservation, animal rescue and veterinary care.

“With technology taking up so much of our lives, it’s easy to feel disconnected from nature and animals,” said Airbnb CEO and co-founder Brian Chesky. “Maybe this is why social media is dominated by animal memes. Life is better with animals, but for many busy people, looking at them through a screen is the closest they can get. With Airbnb Animal Experiences, locals and travellers are just a few clicks away from being alongside them in the real world.“

“We know people love animals and want to see and experience them when they travel, but we also know they most want to see animals in a setting that respects their well-being,” said World Animal Protection executive director Alesia Soltanpanah. “This new animal welfare policy created in consultation with our animal welfare experts combined with the creativity and dedication of Airbnb will ensure that adventurers have many options to experience the beauty of animals in a way that considers their welfare first.”

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