Earlier this month, the Airbnb New York Public Policy and Community teams collaborated on our largest host gathering yet: New York Host Day, a celebration of our New York host community. Over 200 hosts from across the state attended the day long summit where they learned about the latest public policy updates, led and attended workshops on hosting best practices, and met other hosts and host-owned small businesses.
Hosts entered Civic Hall and were greeted with “Belong Anywhere” balloon décor.
Hosts greeted each other upon arrival, some having forged friendships over the years through joining host clubs in their neighborhoods.
Coffee vendor, Grounded Coffee, drew chocolate bélos on hosts’ lattes for that extra Airbnb touch!
A DIY keychain station provided the perfect opportunity for hosts to make a keepsake of the event or a gift for upcoming guests.
Hosts Nancy and Leilah showing off their fancy new keychains.
A beautiful breakfast display created by Baba Cool included a make your own dragonfruit bowl station, complete with edible pansies!
Host Kash enjoying some breakfast bites before the policy portion of the day.
After breakfast, hosts gathered in the main hall to hear the guest speakers and find friends, old and new.
Hosts were given tote bags, which included New York postcards to send to Governor Cuomo urging him to stand with hosts and home sharing in New York.
Close to 100 postcards were submitted by the New York host community.
Airbnb community organizers, Patty and Roberto, gave a warm welcome to our lively crowd of New York hosts.
Adria Powell of the Cooperative Cleaning of New York – a worker-owned home cleaning agency committed to delivering high-quality services to Airbnb hosts and home owners, and high-quality jobs for cleaning professionals – shared details about their partnership with Airbnb.
Former Mayor of Philadelphia Michael Nutter delivered the policy keynote, firmly standing with the home sharing community.
Hosts attended host-led workshops in the afternoon, including a workshop on how to professionally arrange flowers and décor to create a more beautiful home for guests to enjoy.
Other workshops focused on how to write a host manifesto and the importance of sharing your host story.
Host Roxanne led a workshop on best practices for preparing for guest arrival and providing an optimal experience for guests.
Nomadness founder, Evita Robinson, gave the community keynote, sharing her inspirational journey as a traveler and entrepreneur.
Three hosts – Nan, Ed, and Richelle – won Host Day New York awards for their exceptional hosting.
Bedford-Stuyvesant superhost, Richelle won the New York Host Day Above and Beyond Award for continuously going out of her way to make hosts feel welcome.
New York Host Day award winners Richelle and Nan enjoying the post-awards ceremony celebration.
Airbnb event staff, Miraya and Sanna, enjoying a scoop of Van Leeuwen‘s ice cream. All hosts were invited to get a free scoop!