In an effort to help Ukrainian citizens, accommodation company Airbnb has announced that it will provide temporary housing for 100,000 people arriving in European countries.
“We need help to achieve this goal. Our biggest need is for more people who can showcase their homes in neighboring countries, including Poland, Germany, Hungary and Romania,” said Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky, in a tweet on Twitter.
In a letter sent to representatives from 14 European countries, Chesky and his team asked Airbnb hosts to temporarily house Ukrainian refugees on their properties, TheSchengen.com reports.
According to Forbes, the first four letters were sent to leaders in Poland, Hungary, Germany and Romania, with Airbnb determined to “work closely with governments to best support the specific needs of each country, including by providing long-term accommodation.”
Data from the United Nations reports that 677,000 Ukrainians have arrived in neighboring countries – more than the population of many EU capitals such as Athens and Helsinki, which have fewer than 650,000 inhabitants.
Moreover, Airbnb has become a platform to help Ukrainians in another way, not just by giving them a place to stay. Tens of thousands of people are booking Airbnbs in the country as a way to donate money to people stranded in Ukraine.
“In 48 hours, 61,402 nights were booked in Ukraine. That’s $1.9 million (1.7 million euros) going to hosts in need. This is a great idea from our community,” CEO Cesky said.
According to Airbnb data, users worldwide have booked more than 61,000 nights, representing a contribution of €1.8 million for 48 hours (March 2 to March 3). Additionally, more than half of the bookings came from US users (34,000), about 8000 from the UK, and nearly 3,000 bookings by Canadian nationals.
The same source shows that accommodation in Ukraine is well booked for the summer season, including whole houses in the countryside such as a house on the outskirts of Kyiv, at a cost of 9.19 euros per night, a studio apartment on Troitska Street in Odessa (13.8 euros a night) or an apartment Newly renovated in the center of the capital (18,4€).
Airbnb has contributed to the community in similar ways before, opening doors to frontline workers fighting COVID-19 and providing accommodation for nearly 20,000 refugees from Afghanistan, Africa, the Middle East, Central and South America and other regions.
Last year, the accommodation company’s revenue peaked at €10.3 billion, up 32 percent from the same period in 2019, when no restrictions were imposed.