Airbnb hears the clarion call

Airbnb has so far provided more than 800 places to stay for frontline medical staff in Thailand. photo courtesy of AIRBNB

In line with the expansion of its global "Frontline Stays" initiative in Thailand, Airbnb has now launched an industry-first partnership with the Ministry of Public Health's Department of Health Service Support to help make available safe and convenient places to stay for frontline medical staff and village health volunteers while they carry out their critical work throughout Bangkok and key provinces in Thailand.

Under this partnership, the department will be liaising with public hospitals and provincial medical centres throughout the country to ensure awareness around the "Frontline Stays" programme.

So far, Airbnb hosts in Thailand have offered more than 800 places to stay for frontline responders, with around 200 listings offered for free. Further, Airbnb has also waived all fees for the first 100,000 stays booked through this global programme.

Efforts are still ongoing to recruit more hosts and anyone who wishes to support medical frontliners. Hosts in Thailand who wish to open their homes and be a part of the programme can sign up at airbnb.com/covid19relief.

However, they must take into account robust preventive practices and stringent safety standards and follow Aribnb's safety protocols developed by leading experts, officials and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the new cleaning protocol which offers enhanced procedures and guidance on how to clean every room in a home. Free and paid stays can be booked by any Covid-19 frontline medical staff and village health volunteers directly on Airbnb, or through the contact point at the Ministry of Public Health's Department of Health Service Support (email medicalhub.hss@gmail.com).


Anyone who wants to be included must have an account and sign up for the programme at airbnb.com/covid19relief-guests.