Africa Travel Summit FAQs

Who is Airbnb?

Founded in August 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. Airbnb’s people-to-people platform represents a different model of capitalism. We seek to be the platform that leads when it comes to creating a bridge between the old and the new, the 20th century and the 21st century, hierarchical brands and community-based brands. With 97 percent of the price of listings going into the pockets of hosts, Airbnb allows homeowners to generate significant income.

Who is putting the Summit together?

Airbnb is organising the Summit as part of its $1M commitment to boost community-led tourism in Africa. The Summit is supported by our partners: The World Bank Group, The City of Cape Town, Wesgro, The Africa Travel Association, and the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business.

Dates and locations 

11 September Opening Reception

During the evening of 11 September, attendees are welcome to attend an opening reception at Workshop 17 at the V&A Waterfront.

12-13 September Summit Programme

All summit sessions and programming will take place at the Guga S’thebe Arts & Culture Centre in Langa.

Attending the Summit 

Transportation

Airbnb will support transportation to the Summit venue on September 12th and 13th with Uber vouchers. Airbnb will provide buses from the Summit venue to the dinner venues on September 12. The Summit will not be able to support airfare and any other travel cost for attendees.

Accommodations

Airbnb is excited to bring together leaders and experts in the fields of entrepreneurship, travel & tourism, technology, civic leadership, business, international development, and policy to Cape Town. Live like a local and book a lovely listing on Airbnb here.

Responsible travel 

What other attractions are there in Cape Town?

Cape Town, South Africa, is a world-leading travel destination. It is known for its creative arts, pristine natural assets, gourmet foods, diverse culture, and bustling nightlife. Table Mountain, around which the city has evolved, is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and many other natural and historical sights beckon travellers. It is also one of the cities on the continent where Airbnb has launched experiences. You can check them out here.

Why is this event taking place in Cape Town?

Cape Town is not only a leading tourist destination, but also one of the top technology and startup hubs in Africa. Cape Town is also home to one of the leading Business Schools on the continent, the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town, as well as to the Bertha Centre, the first academic centre in Africa dedicated to advancing social innovation and entrepreneurship. South Africa is seen by many as the gateway to Africa, and, in this sense, it is a fitting location for this inaugural Africa event.

What’s Airbnb’s interest in sustainable tourism?

At Airbnb, we believe that technology-enabled, people-to-people home sharing promotes healthy tourism—tourism that benefits the hosts who share their homes, the guests who are seeking authentic experiences, and the local residents whose cultures, customs and economies are respected, observed and supported. To expand engagement in healthy tourism, we are constantly searching for new ways to bring the benefits of our platform to more communities. At the same time, development actors are increasingly seeking to engage the private sector to help achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

As tourism in emerging destinations increases, the Airbnb platform is helping to ensure this growth is healthy and inclusive by being available to communities and populations that traditionally have been unable to fully benefit from tourism. Airbnb helps open these communities to guests through authentic and affordable travel.

Nowhere in the world is this more true than in Africa. Today, the Airbnb platform in Africa is empowering a far more diverse range of places and people, well beyond typical hotel districts and the traditional hospitality industry, to welcome guests, create new opportunities, and establish pathways to economic stability for families.

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At Airbnb, we believe that technology-enabled, people-to-people home sharing promotes healthy tourism—tourism that benefits the hosts who share their homes, the guests who are seeking authentic experiences, and the local residents whose cultures, customs and economies are respected, observed and supported. To expand engagement in healthy tourism, we are constantly searching for new ways to bring the benefits of our platform to more communities. Africa now counts 100,000 listings, and hosts on Airbnb have welcomed 1.2 million guests in the past year. Check out our community in action.