Global hospitality services platform provider Airbnb has signed a Memorandum of Unders"anding (MOU) with the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) to provide tourists with local and traditional experiences in the country through the "Experiences" Section.
"We are excited to work with Airbnb to promote experiences in Sri Lanka and we are of the view that an engagement of this nature would be of great value to the tourism industry of Sri Lanka." Said Kavan Ratnayaka, Chairman, SLTDA.
Under the agreement, SLTDA will be working with Airbnb to onboard local experience hosts onto the Airbnb platform and help local people from across Sri Lanka share their passions and interests with travellers from around the world.
"Through the partnership announced today, we're thrilled to work with the Sri Lankan government to promote tourism that is local, authentic and sustainable." Said Airbnb's APAC Head of Strategic Partnerships, Thao Nguyen speaking at the MoU signing event.
Experiences section is a platform provided by Airbnb where travellers can choose local cuisines, water sports, walk around heritage monuments and tours of wildlife sanctuaries among others, all arranged by local people who are partners with Airbnb.
"Travellers can choose from more than 40 "Airbnb Experiences" in Sri Lanka designed and led by local experts," said Amanpreet Bajaj, Airbnb's Country Manager for India and Sri Lanka.
"Our Sri Lankan hosts offer a wide range of experiences, from heritage trails in Galle to surfing experiences in Mirissa, and adventure walks in Sri Lanka's national parks to discovering the best local food spots in Colombo," Bajaj said.
Social Impact Experiences are also being launched which involve local non-profit organisations working with Airbnb to develop Experiences that will help the communities they serve and engage in meaningful social courses around the globe.
Airbnb waives all fees and ensures that all proceeds go directly to the non-profit supported by each Experience.
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