SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, the largest and most influential business membership organization in San Francisco, and Airbnb, the world’s leading community-driven hospitality marketplace, announced a partnership to create new economic opportunities for local businesses and broaden the range of Airbnb Experiences available in San Francisco.
Airbnb Experiences are unique tours and activities, handcrafted and led by local experts, including small business owners and community non-profits. Experiences give travelers unprecedented access to communities, places and activities they’d never know through traditional tourist travel, like visiting Pier 45 with a local fishmonger or exploring 65 flights worth of San Francisco’s hidden stairways.
Airbnb Experiences are powerful drivers of entrepreneurship, creating a platform for small business owners to launch new business ideas, grow their customer base, earn extra income, and market to the hundreds of millions of people already using Airbnb.
As part of this new partnership, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and Airbnb will work together to educate and encourage chamber members to submit Experiences. On July 17, members will learn more about Experiences at a Chamber Business After Hours event.
“Whether it’s hosting a class or partnering with a host on a tour showcasing local stores and restaurants, Airbnb Experiences are an innovative way for local entrepreneurs to grow their small business,” said Aoife McArdle, Director of Business Affairs and Social Impact Experiences at Airbnb. “We’re excited to work with the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and its members to provide more of the authentic and local experiences visitors want.”
“Small businesses employ thousands of residents and make our local economy thrive, said Rodney Fong, President & CEO of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. “We are thrilled to partner with Airbnb to highlight the city’s diverse and innovative businesses and create experiences that are uniquely San Francisco.”
Airbnb launched Experiences in November 2016 with 500 bookable activities in 12 cities. Today there are more than 40,000 Experiences available in 1,000+ cities around the world. All Experiences are reviewed for access, expertise and human connection.
About San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce is the largest and most influential business membership organization in San Francisco. The Chamber represents businesses of every size and industry in San Francisco and across the Bay Area. Acting on our mission to attract, support, and grow business through advocacy, economic development, and business development in San Francisco, the Chamber delivers more than 250 programs and events each year and advocates for a prosperous economy and high quality of life for everyone who lives, works and visits the city. More information about the Chamber is available at SFChamber.com.
Founded in 2008, Airbnb exists to create a world where anyone can belong anywhere, providing healthy travel that is local, authentic, diverse, inclusive and sustainable. Airbnb uniquely leverages technology to economically empower millions of people around the world to unlock and monetize their spaces, passions and talents to become hospitality entrepreneurs. Airbnb’s accommodation marketplace provides access to 6+ million unique places to stay in 100,000+ cities and 191+ countries and regions. With Experiences, Airbnb offers unprecedented access to local communities and interests through 40,000+ unique, handcrafted activities run by hosts across 1,000+ markets around the world. Airbnb’s people-to-people platform benefits all its stakeholders, including hosts, guests, employees and the communities in which it operates.