Agreeing to boost tourism


Airbnb has signed an agreement with the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) in India, with the goal of boosting tourism for domestic and international visitors. The agreement is part of Airbnb’s efforts to enhance its presence in India.

The agreement will see Airbnb sharing a portion of its booking revenue in Maharashtra with the MTDC, while the MTDC will support the partnership by identifying high-quality homestays and assisting hosts with listing on Airbnb. In addition, skills development workshops on hospitality standards will be jointly conducted by Airbnb and the Department of Tourism for hosts.

“Tourism is a key pillar for the State of Maharashtra and we are committed to increasing the number of global travellers to the State who could benefit our local communities,” said Devendra Fadnavis, chief minister of Maharashtra. “In a bid to attract foreign tourists, we have announced 2017 as ‘Visit Maharashtra’ year. As our alternative accommodation partner, we look forward to working with Airbnb to achieve the goals of the Visit Maharashtra campaign.”