Airbnb Highlights Haitian and African Rentals
January 15, 2018
Airbnb has waded into the controversy regarding profane comments attributed to President Trump by announcing it will spend at least $100,000 on digital advertising promoting its listings in Haiti, El Salvador and sub-Saharan Africa.
According to a Fortune.com report, Airbnb had that it has 75,000 hosts in those countries that generated $170 million in revenue last year. Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky highlighted several listings from Haiti, Ghana and Kenya on his Twitter channel, and the company issued a statement insisting that it sought to “encourage more travelers to visit these special and beautiful places [as part of] our mission to create a world where anyone can belong anywhere.”
Airbnb’s leadership has been critical of the president’s policies, and last year it offered free housing to individuals impacted by the travel ban aimed at seven Muslim-majority countries. However, the company has its own history of racial difficulties, including a 2016 controversy regarding African Americans and a 2017 news story regarding an Asian American denied housing access through the service due to their race.
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