Airbnb announced that it has signed MoUs with the North Eastern Council (NEC), the North East Tourism Development Council (NETDC) and two key livelihood initiatives, North East Rural Livelihood Project (NERLP) and North Eastern Region Community Resource Management Society (NERCRMS), with the aim of creating hospitality micro-entrepreneurs across key destinations in the North East of India.
The need for economic development in the North Eastern Region for holistic growth of the nation has been amply stressed upon not just by the Ministry of Development of the North Eastern Region (DoNER), but also by the Honourable Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi.
Through the partnership, the NEC, NETDC and Airbnb will collaborate to boost tourism and create positive travel experiences for both domestic and international visitors to the North East of India.
Under the MoU, the NEC, NETDC and Airbnb agree to:
- Expand tourism in the North East of India through Airbnb’s global platform
- Improve the quality of homestay facilities and unique properties in the North East of India
- Provide and promote outstanding tourism resources in the North East of India, and
- Cooperate to improve the regulatory environment for home sharing in the North East of India
Airbnb is also pleased to announce MoUs for strategic partnerships with the NERLP and NERCRMS to generate technology-enabled livelihood opportunities in tourism and hospitality for micro-entrepreneurs in the North East of India, and to help low-income families monetize their existing assets through home sharing. Under these agreements, Airbnb will provide training to core teams of the NERLP and NERCRMS, which will further train existing and potential hosts on home sharing, responsible hosting, hospitality standards, hygiene and basic amenities.
Dr. Jitendra Singh, Honourable Minister of Development of North Eastern Region, said, “The development of the North East Region is of prime importance for the overall inclusive growth of India, and tourism development has always been one of our key focus areas, keeping in mind the North East’s natural beauty and cultural heritage. This MoU with Airbnb is a step towards achieving our aim of doubling tourist growth rate in the next three years, by creating more sustainable accommodation options and enhancing the hospitality service standards in the region.”
Kum Hong Siew, Regional Director, Airbnb Asia Pacific, said, “We are excited about working closely with the Government to promote the enviable tourism offerings of the North East of India. Last year, during Brian Chesky’s meeting with the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Airbnb had committed to develop a homestay ecosystem through adequate skills training and development and promote India’s high potential tourism offerings to the world; and the North East was an inevitable choice. We look forward to supporting the economic growth of the North East by drawing more tourists to the region.”
Today’s announcement builds upon Airbnb’s focused efforts to enhance its presence in India. It is also another step towards fulfilling the company’s commitment to the Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to promote lesser known but high potential tourism destinations in the country and contribute to the growth of a booming home sharing ecosystem, which holds immense promise for tourists – domestic and international alike.