Airbnb hosts in Antigua encouraged to open their homes free of charge to evacuees



“Today, Airbnb activated our Disaster Response Program to assist residents and visitors in the island of Barbuda who are evacuating to the island of Antigua in the wake of the destruction caused by Hurricane Irma.

Through our program, those in need of temporary accommodations– including emergency relief workers and volunteers– are able to connect with Airbnb hosts in areas that are safe who are opening their homes free of charge from now through September 28.

We encourage hosts in these safe areas to aid in this effort by listing their available rooms or homes on our platform to help those needing to evacuate. Our thoughts are with everyone impacted by this storm, and we thank the government and emergency response personnel who are working hard to keep their communities safe.”


Background on how Airbnb Disaster Response Program Works

In the event of major emergencies like Irma, Airbnb’s Disaster Response Program provides a tool to support neighbors helping neighbors, allowing residents who have been displaced — as well as emergency relief workers and volunteers who are coming in to assist — to find temporary housing with local Airbnb hosts who are opening their homes free of charge. For complete Q&A, please click on “How it Works” in this link:

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  1. can anyone tell me whether the grand royal hotel in antigua has opened it’s doors to the poor people of barbuda. If not why not when there is such a terrible disaster going on. I understand this particular hotel is empty and so therefore could house at least 400+

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