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Local business get to understand how Air B& B works at the Vanuatu Airbnb Pacific workshops will be held on the 7 May in Santo and 8 May in Port Vila.

Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) Australia is committed to increasing economic opportunities in the Pacific Islands. As part of their Digital Tourism program PTI Australia are joining forces with Airbnb to bring a series of Airbnb workshops to the Pacific Islands, providing an opportunity to learn firsthand what home sharing is and how the Airbnb platform works. 

The Vanuatu Tourism Office is pleased to be involved and will be joining the presentation to discuss accreditation, tourism permits, and the Tourism Market development Fund.

The Vanuatu Airbnb Pacific workshops will be held on the 7 May in Santo and 8 May in Port Vila, and are being facilitated with the support of the Vanuatu Tourism Office.

Founded in 2008 Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodation around the world - online or from a mobile phone. Whether a beach house for a night, a castle for a week, or an entire house for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 85,000 cities and 191 countries. With a growing community of users Airbnb provides an easy way for families to make extra from the additional space they have by showcasing what they have to offer to an audience of millions.

Chad Morris, General Manager Investment & Tourism, PTI Australia said that Airbnb is a great opportunity for ni-Vanuatu to generate extra income.

“Pacific Islanders are naturally amazing hosts, we’re seeing the emergence of a new type of traveller who are looking for a different holiday experience, travellers that may have not considered the Pacific Islands before. Airbnb a great opportunity for ni-Vanuatu families to generate some extra income from a spare room or beach house they may have. We’ve partnered with Airbnb as we believe it’s important to these workshops to the Pacific so more people can learn and take advantage of the opportunity that Airbnb provides.

“We really appreciate the support of the Vanuatu Tourism Office as our on the ground partner and expert in helping facilitate the workshops. Airbnb is a great fit for the Pacific as it takes a community approach, it’s also a simple process for the host to list and take bookings that doesn’t require access to a computer. If you have an extra room or house I highly recommend you take advantage of the free workshop and come meet the team from Airbnb and hear what it’s about.”

Brent Thomas, Head of Public Policy Australasia, Airbnb said the upcoming workshop and partnership with PTI Australia demonstrates Airbnb’s commitment to further strengthening local communities in Vanuatu.

“We hope this workshop will encourage more ni-Vanuatu to consider sharing their space or home. With tourism continuing to grow, there has never been a better time to become an Airbnb host and earn a little extra income,” Mr Thomas said.

“Importantly, we want to continue to work collaboratively with government and Vanuatu Tourism Office to grow our community sustainably, but also responsibly.”

To reserve your spot at the Airbnb Pacific workshops contact Maina Lukai, Vanuatu Tourism Office e: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Ph: 22685

Founded in 1979, PTI Australia is an agency of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, that creates jobs in the Pacific Islands by facilitating trade and attracting investment into the region. With an extensive network and a deep understanding of the Pacific Islands, PTI Australia supports private sector growth to reduce aid reliance, making long-term, sustainable improvements to the region’s economy and the livelihoods of Pacific Islanders.