Airbnb makes a deal with Cape Town to attract more remote workers

Shared accommodation service Airbnb has announced a new partnership with 20 destinations around the world to make life and work easier anywhere, including Cape Town, Bali, Lisbon and the Caribbean.

The deal is a continuation of Airbnb’s “live and work anywhere” initiative to identify some of the world’s most remote workspaces, as well as support governments to revive tourism and provide economic support to communities after two-plus years of travel. restrictions.

20 Airbnb destinations will be in the spotlight:

  • Baja California Sur, Mexico
  • Bali, Indonesia
  • Brindisi, Apulia, Italy
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • caribbean
  • Canary Islands, Spain
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Colombia
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Malta
  • Mexico City, Mexico
  • Palm Springs, California, USA
  • Queensland, Australia
  • Rural France
  • Salzkammergut, Austria
  • Tampa Bay, Florida, USA
  • Thailand
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

Cape Town

Airbnb said it will work closely with Cape Town Tourism on a number of initiatives, including the creation of a dedicated hub for Cape Town that will showcase the best local long-stay listings as well as important information regarding entry requirements and visa policy. attract remote employees.

Airbnb will also partner with the city on educational campaigns to promote responsible accommodation and travel as a remote worker. The hub in Cape Town is expected to be launched later this year.

Cape Town and other tourist destinations in South Africa will also benefit from the introduction of a “remote work visa” for South Africa. The visa is aimed at attracting “digital nomads” – people who will live and work remotely from cities like Cape Town.

Digital nomad visas are travel permits that legalize status of traveling professionals. Like tourist visas, they are easy to obtain, you do not need to draw up documents for a long time and conclude an employment contract. However, they allow for a longer stay.

For people working from home during the pandemic, the concept of digital nomads has become a much-needed escape and the perfect opportunity to earn extra money while on vacation, City Hall Economic Opportunity and Asset Management committee member James Vos said.

“We see innovation in the travel sector to accommodate the changed behavior of teleworking by offering affordable long-term stays, including other benefits needed for teleworking, and we will expand this message with a wide range of products and businesses that can take advantage of this difficult time.

“An abundance of natural beauty and wide open spaces make Cape Town an ideal place to live and work, with a solid fiber optic infrastructure and first-class hospitality services and products.”

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