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Providence Warwick CVB and Mayor Elorza Spotlight Services, Exchange Ideas
With Global Airbnb Executive and Local Hosts
Providence, RI – October 27, 2015 – Predicting both the rise of the shared economy and the desire for visitors to authentically experience destinations, Airbnb has emerged as a global powerhouse within the hospitality industry. Last night, the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau (PWCVB) opened a dialogue with Airbnb at the grassroots level, hosting an event for local Airbnb hosts to learn more about the PWCVB and its visitor services.
“There are about 500 Airbnb hosts in Rhode Island,” said Martha Sheridan, PWCVB president and CEO. “We organized this event to showcase how they can access our visitor information services, highlight what Providence - and all of Rhode Island – has to offer travelers, and open a dialogue with them about working together to augment the visitor experience.”
Molly Turner, global head of civic partnership for Airbnb, also spoke. ”We are excited to collaborate with the City of Providence and the Convention and Visitors Bureau to harness the benefits of home sharing. Our community of local hosts act as unofficial ambassadors for their city and their neighborhoods with visitors from around the world.”
Sheridan and PWCVB Vice President of Marketing Kristen Adamo outlined the structure of the Bureau, how the city is marketed to leisure visitors, and the collateral and electronic resources available to Airbnb hosts. Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza also spoke about the advantages of both living and staying in the Creative Capital.
"I thank the PWCVB for taking this opportunity to gather hosts from throughout the state to showcase some of the incredible cuisine and attractions we have to offer," said Mayor Jorge O. Elorza. "There is so much to explore and enjoy here in the Providence. I hope that both hosts and guests of AirBnb are able to take the time to get the know the Creative Capital."
Local restaurants and food purveyors were on hand to offer samples to attendees, while arts and community leaders mingled with the crowd. In return, Airbnb hosts were asked to submit ideas about how to improve the visitor experience for their guests and to offer suggestions on “off the beaten path” sites and activities that their guests have enjoyed. Attendees also received gift bags with tourist information and samples of local products.
The Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization whose mission is to create vibrant growth for the local hospitality economy by promoting, developing, and expanding a united visitor industry. For more information, contact 401-751-1177 or visit www.GoProvidence.com.
Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world — online or from a mobile phone or tablet. Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 34,000 cities and 190 countries. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetize their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions.
(release from Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau)