In a bid to counteract tourist saturation in major cities around the world, Airbnb is opening a new global Office of Healthy Tourism. The move is designed to bring the economic benefits of tourism to small businesses and local residents in destinations off the beaten track, while lessening the burden on popular holiday hotspots.
The office will be tasked with finding new ways to use technology to create new travel destinations, and will build on the work of similar, previous initiatives. Last year, for example, the company launched a program to promote 40 villages in Italy. The announcement comes at a critical time for Airbnb, which has faced scrutiny for its impact on housing markets in major cities such as San Francisco and Paris.
A report last year noted that four major areas of Paris, located near popular tourist attractions, were seeing a drop in the number of residents, with some officials blaming home sharing for the decline. In Venice, Italy, some nine percent of its total historic housing stock is listed on Airbnb as whole-home rentals. Last week, Airbnb was hit with a lawsuit from Paris for allegedly failing to remove listings that don't conform with the city's legal requirements. Meanwhile, Amsterdam has drastically reduced the number of days owners can rent out their properties, and at one point, the city of Detroit was considering banning Airbnb rentals altogether.
Expect numerous intriguing things to see, the likes of the mystical and ancient Machu Picchu ruins, the huge Andes Mountains and even the canyon in Colca Valley, which is not something to be overlooked. The landscape has anything that need, including humid, wet rainforests, arid deserts and an incredible coastline with beautiful beaches.
The professionals at the company will produce an itinerary for private groups, as well as single travelers. You can start planning for this trip after contacting Aracari and answering a few simple questions. That can happen done via email, over the phone, as well as their dedicated website. Once all of that information is collected, your advisor shall create an individualized proposal that you can expect for reviewing, within a few days.