Airbnb and the National Commission for Women partner to create livelihood opportunities for women in North-East India

We are proud to announce our partnership with the National Commission for Women (NCW) to create livelihood opportunities for women in the North Eastern states of India.

Launched on June 11, 2018, our partnership aims to generate technology-enabled livelihood opportunities in tourism and hospitality for women micro-entrepreneurs in the North East, and help families supplement their income through home sharing on a global platform. It will also promote digital inclusion and the creation of women-led tourism and hospitality enterprises, enabling their economic and social empowerment.

The NCW and Airbnb will work to:

  • Expand homestay tourism facility in rural homes in the North Eastern states through Women Commissions and State Governments
  • Train potential women micro-entrepreneurs on hosting standards
  • Build a strong host community in the North-East; and
  • Promote these homes to a domestic and global audience

“We are pleased to partner with Airbnb to promote the interests and economic development of women in the North-East region through creation of livelihood opportunities. As part of the partnership, the NCW and Airbnb will facilitate the skill development of potential women hosts in the North Eastern states on global hospitality standards and support them in setting up homestays,” said NCW Chairperson Ms. Rekha Sharma.

“India’s North-East, with its immense tourism potential, is a priority market for Airbnb and we are very excited about the partnership with the National Commission for Women. Last year, Airbnb’s CEO and Co-Founder, Brian Chesky had met the Honourable Prime Minister and committed to create 50,000 skilled tourism micro-entrepreneurs in India, at least 15,000 of them women. Globally, a majority of Airbnb hosts are women, and we aim to achieve that equilibrium in India as well,”  added Chris Lehane, Global Head of Policy, Airbnb.

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