Today we are excited to announce a new partnership with the San Francisco Travel Association, making San Francisco the first city in the world to formalize a tourism partnership with Airbnb and our community of hosts and guests. Together we will leverage our dynamic host community and SFT’s expertise to innovatively meet the needs of San Francisco visitors and broaden the economic impact of tourism to touch new neighborhoods and small businesses in every corner of San Francisco.
This collaboration will ensure that the traditional and sharing tourism models work together more closely to make this city one of the most compelling destinations in the world.
At the center of the partnership is our shared goal to help every guest experience San Francisco like a local, throughout its diverse neighborhoods. Together, we will connect visitors from across the globe to neighborhoods by creating neighborhood tourism tool kits for local merchants, and creating unique content about local neighborhoods, businesses and experiences throughout the city. Additionally, we will work with meeting and event planners to achieve peak attendance during conventions and big events while meeting the diverse lodging preferences of a wide range of delegates coming to the city.
Airbnb sees the city of San Francisco through both the eyes of the people who live here and the people who visit here. Last year, our community was responsible for more than $450 million in economic activity alone. With more than 72 percent of our 5000+ San Francisco hosts living and hosting outside the main hotel districts, they are already connecting visitors from across the globe to more of the city’s diverse neighborhoods and businesses in meaningful ways. By partnering with San Francisco Travel, we and our hosts are furthering our commitment to bringing the positive economic benefits of tourism to every corner of the City by the Bay.