Airbnb launched a pilot program in Italy on Tuesday entitled “Airbnb for Doctors and Nurses,” which provides free accommodations to medical professionals fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our hearts and thoughts are with everyone affected by the coronavirus outbreak, and we have made it our priority to work with the Airbnb community to provide what support we can,” Giacomo Trovato, General Manager for Airbnb in Italy, said in a post on the company’s website.
The program will link medical professionals to suitable rentals by hosts while supplying necessary assistance to both sides. The company says it will pay for costs as well as additional fees associated with these stays for up to two months.
The company is working with local host organization OspitaMI to manage the booking process.
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“We want to thank medical professionals everywhere who are fighting the outbreak and join with the Airbnb community to help support them in these difficult times,” said Trovato.
When a majority of the news you hear lately concerning the hospitality industry revolves around closures, it is reassuring to see a company like Airbnb, as well as their generous hosts, lend their services to those who are directly battling the coronavirus pandemic on the front lines.
Medical professionals looking for a rental or hosts wanting to get involved are encouraged to visit airbnb.it/medicieinfermieri for more information.