Airbnb announced today that it will work closely with the Tourism Authority of Thailand to make life easier for remote workers in the kingdom.
The California-based vacation rental company has reported that a number of projects are underway, including building a bespoke dedicated center for Thailand, showcasing local long-stay listings as well as providing information on entry requirements and visa policies for remote workers. .
The Covid-19 pandemic has revolutionized the way millions of people work today, making where they live and work more flexible. As a result, so-called digital nomads have sprung up in cities all over the world, staying there for weeks, months, or even longer.
According to TAT, in the first 3 months of 2022, searches for international solo travel to Thailand for long-term stays increased by more than 50% compared to the same period in 2019.
The statistics also revealed that 1 in 5 guests worldwide used Airbnb accommodation to work remotely while traveling in 2021. This trend continued in the first quarter of 2022, with long-term stays having more than doubled compared to the first quarter of 2019.
Research from Harvard Business School found it’s clear that digital nomads and remote workers can be a boon to any economy. They also have the potential to foster entrepreneurship in the communities where they stay, by creating “tech clusters” around the world.
Airbnb co-founder and chief strategy officer Nathan Blecharczyck said a new world of travel has emerged where workers are no longer tied to their desks since the pandemic.
“We want to make it easier for workers to take advantage of this flexibility and support the return of safe and responsible travel. We know that travel provides important economic opportunities for local communities and connects people around the world. We are excited to launch this one-stop-shop for anyone considering joining the millions of workers who are already taking advantage of this new trend in flexible working and travel. »
Thapanee Kiatphaibool, Deputy Governor for Domestic Marketing, Tourism Authority of Thailand, welcomed the collaboration with Airbnb.
“Thailand has long been a destination of choice for remote workers and long-term travelers around the world. Strong local infrastructure, community access and a wide variety of unique accommodations for longer stays continue to attract visitors from around the world, along with our warm hospitality and unique culture. As we seek to rebuild the country’s tourism sector and accelerate recovery, we are honored to partner with Airbnb as part of its global Live and Work Anywhere initiative to attract long-term travelers to Thailand.
THE SOURCE: Travel Daily News