Airbnb takes on the Paralympics Torch Relay

Earlier this year, Srin Madipalli, Airbnb’s Accessibility Program and Product Manager, put the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games at the top of his travel bucket list for 2018.

Today, Srin not only ticked PyeongChang 2018 off his list, he went even further by taking part in the Paralympics Torch Relay in Jeongseon to mark the opening of the Games in PyeongChang, Gangwon-do.

“It’s an incredible honor to be a torchbearer for these historic Games. We’re thrilled to be an official supporter of the PyeongChang 2018, and we look forward to playing our part in raising awareness of adaptive sports and inclusion for people with disabilities,” said Srin Madipalli. “We hope our involvement helps build momentum towards creating a better travel experience for people with disabilities across the globe.”

Airbnb’s mission has always been to enable anyone to belong anywhere, and making the world more accessible for more people is vital to achieving that goal.

Over the past few months, Airbnb has taken important steps to ensure this is a priority throughout the platform.

In November 2017, Airbnb acquired Accomable, the start-up co-founded by Srin which linked disabled travelers with listings that met their needs. Now Srin is leading the efforts to build upon and improve accessibility across the platform at Airbnb.

We are working to improve our accessibility features and filters for all hosts and guests, and have plenty of plans in the pipeline aimed at making the world a more accessible place.


[Srin Madipalli, Airbnb’s Accessibility Program and Product Manager]