Airbnb chief executive Brian Chesky wrote on Twitter a fantastic update: “People are booking Airbnbs in Ukraine they don’t intend to stay in, just to help hosts.”
People from all over the world, including Dubai, are booking Airbnbs in Ukraine although they don’t intend to stay in it. They do so to help the hosts who are Ukrainian civilians
“In 48 hours, 61,406 nights have been booked in Ukraine. That’s $1.9 million going to hosts in need. Such a cool idea from our community. Thank you,” Chesky tweeted.
Image via @VxCybrgrl
— ✩ Steven Haddow ✩ (@steven_haddow) March 3, 2022
From all over the world, people are booking Airbnbs in Ukraine, and the same message is circulating on Instagram in the UAE
According to The National, a woman came up with the idea and booked a room in Kyiv as a way to send funds to the property’s host. Those who book then send a message to the host saying they will not be going but they’re doing it to send them help.
Dubai residents Sarah Fulton and Alex McAlpine (@plantbasedmamadxb) both have kick-started the initiative in Dubai and booked rooms in Kyiv for April. It cost them around AED364.
Friend just booked Airbnb apartment in Kyiv ( that clearly he will never go to ) as Airbnb have waved their commission. There are lots of different ways to help / donate but this is one more #kyiv #Ukraine pic.twitter.com/P4v7ptsj3w
— emily m (@maitlis) March 4, 2022
The hosts in Ukraine messaged back saying just how grateful they are
Yesterday I shared an idea to support Ukraine by booking rooms for rent on AirBNB. 24 hours later, 100’s of people are booking AirBnBs in Ukraine as a way to send immediate monetary assistance to people in hard-hit areas. The messages in response from the hosts are so moving pic.twitter.com/ai2Je8VKCt
— IG: @quentin.quarantino (@quentquarantino) March 3, 2022
Airbnb has confirmed that they are waiving all guest and host fees on all bookings in Ukraine
Airbnb also has suspended operations in Russia and Belarus.
Hi Jen, we can confirm we are waiving all guest and Host fees on all bookings in Ukraine at this time. Thank you.
— Airbnb Help (@AirbnbHelp) March 4, 2022