Community Tourism Programme
Announced at the OECD Forum in June, Airbnb has launched a €5m Community Tourism Programme that will award funding to innovative projects across Europe that promote sustainable tourism. Letters of interest from qualifying organisations are due by August 4, 2017.
The Community Tourism Programme is available for projects across Europe that welcome tourism in new ways to strengthen communities, empower citizens, and preserve and promote local culture. We’re excited to support projects that focus on one or more of the following categories:
1) Placemaking: Imagining and reinventing public spaces to build community for locals and visitors alike
2) Innovation: Reinventing the tourism and travel space by sparking entrepreneurship and strengthening local economies
3) Festivals and events: Preserving or celebrating local festivals and events while introducing them to a broader, appreciative audience
The Programme builds on Airbnb’s support over the past year for projects in Barcelona, Berlin, Bologna, Dublin, Hamburg, Lisbon, Milan, London and other locations—all investments in locally led innovations to help advance better tourism and protect and spotlight the best of communities and their character, customs and traditions. Globally, we’re pleased to be supporting the UNWTO’s Year of International Sustainable Tourism and its mission to champion tourism as a means toward more inclusive growth. We share in the vision of a better, community-focused tourism that considers and benefits everyone.