Five years ago, Airbnb began making investments in our community in China. Airbnb made the decision to establish a presence in China after our community grew organically there: Chinese travelers first used Airbnb as guests and decided to host when they returned home. Today, the vast majority of the guests who travel on Airbnb in China are domestic travelers staying with their fellow Chinese hosts.
This fall, the Airbnb China team has been celebrating our progress and honoring our community’s five year anniversary. As part of this work, from now until November 13, Airbnb hosts in China are invited to submit applications for five awards: Best Design, Best Hospitality, Community Love, Best Entrepreneur, and Host Hero. We’ll feature some applicants on our app and homepage, and announce the winners early next year.
We began our work in China because our mission is to create a world where anyone can belong anywhere, and our hosts have supported the kind of people-to-people travel that promotes connection and a deeper understanding of the community a guest is visiting.
From the beginning, we have sought to understand the best ways to meet the needs of Chinese travelers and those visiting the country. As we have done this work, we have maintained a policy of being open and transparent with our community about the policies and legal requirements for companies like ours (including hotels and short term rental platforms) to share data with government agencies. Our work complies with applicable privacy laws and you can learn more about these policies here.
We are incredibly proud of what Airbnb and our Chinese community have accomplished since 2015 and look forward to continuing to support our community in the years to come.