wordpress blog stats
Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Airbnb partners with SEWA in India to offer home stays and rural experiences


Airbnb has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Self-Employed Women’s Association of India (SEWA) to expand its network of homes in rural India. Launching in Gujarat, Airbnb and SEWA will work with (and train) SEWA members to offer their homes to Airbnb’s international and domestic guests. SEWA has a membership of 2 million poor and self-employed women members across 14 states of India.

Airbnb and SEWA plan to create visibility and demand for the SEWA homes through joint partnerships with various State Governments, academic institutions, media partners and other civil society organisations.

SEWA: for Airbnb Experiences?

The release quotes Heena Dave, Rural Organizer, SEWA saying “Partnering with Airbnb will provide our members the opportunity to meet travellers who want to explore the real India and experience the traditional life of local communities.”  This suggest that this deal is also about Airbnb’s experiences business: Earlier this month, Airbnb launched Trips to offer customers tours and activities including local experiences. Presently, it has launched Trips with around 500 experiences in 12 cities worldwide. It plans to expand to 50 cities next year, including New Delhi.

Experiences allows users to book experiences designed and offered by local experts and chefs, and includes categories like arts & design, fashion, entertainment, sports, wellness, nightlife, food & drink, nature, lifestyle, history, music and business. These aren’t tours, but actually working with locals in, for example, trying out new foods, painting a mural, buying a dress etc.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.


Written By

MediaNama’s mission is to help build a digital ecosystem which is open, fair, global and competitive.



The Delhi High Court should quash the government's order to block Tanul Thakur's website in light of the Shreya Singhal verdict by the Supreme...


Releasing the policy is akin to putting the proverbial 'cart before the horse'.


The industry's growth is being weighed down by taxation and legal uncertainty.


Due to the scale of regulatory and technical challenges, transparency reporting under the IT Rules has gotten off to a rocky start.


Here are possible reasons why Indians are not generating significant IAP revenues despite our download share crossing 30%.

You May Also Like


Google has released a Google Travel Trends Report which states that branded budget hotel search queries grew 179% year over year (YOY) in India, in...


135 job openings in over 60 companies are listed at our free Digital and Mobile Job Board: If you’re looking for a job, or...


Rajesh Kumar* doesn’t have many enemies in life. But, Uber, for which he drives a cab everyday, is starting to look like one, he...


By Aroon Deep and Aditya Chunduru You’re reading it here first: Twitter has complied with government requests to censor 52 tweets that mostly criticised...

MediaNama is the premier source of information and analysis on Technology Policy in India. More about MediaNama, and contact information, here.

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ

Subscribe to our daily newsletter
Your email address:*
Please enter all required fields Click to hide
Correct invalid entries Click to hide

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ