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Velma Corcoran, the regional lead for Middle East Africa at Airbnb, wrote to SA Tourism policymakers on their vision to operate in South Africa and its desire to collaborate with South African stakeholders and tourism players.
Airbnb has already partnered with tourism organisations including Wesgro, Western Cape Government, Tourism Kwa-Zulu Natal and SA Tourism to promote new ways for South Africans to explore the country.
In the letter, Corcoran said Airbnb was committed to “supporting a simple, online national registration system” and “giving governments data to enforce proportionate regulation” that offers “transparency to communities, and empowering local tourism entrepreneurs to grow their businesses”.
They aim to break down barriers to becoming a tourism entrepreneur, grow tourism outside of traditional hotspots, work in partnership and prioritise safe travel.
“We need to drive a…