The Jakarta Post
The global hospitality marketplace has called on its hosts in Bali to open their doors to people fleeing Mt. Agung through its Disaster Response Program. (Shutterstock/I AM NIKOM/File)
In response to Mount Agung’s warning-level status, global hospitality marketplace Airbnb has activated its Disaster Response Program, calling on its host members in affected and surrounding areas of Bali to provide free accommodation to evacuees.
Once its Disaster Response Program is activated, Airbnb automatically contacts its hosts in relevant areas to open their doors to those affected by the disaster. Those looking for a safe place to stay in Bali need to register on the website.
Airbnb hosts that respond to the call may post their homes for $0 and Airbnb will waive all booking fees. Hosts have control over how often they want to open their homes and how long their guests can stay.
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Through its website, the company states that its Disaster Response Program, introduced in 2012, has helped thousands of people across the globe to find safe refuge from natural disasters, wars, conflicts and other calamities.
Robin Kwok, Airbnb's country manager for Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, said in a press release that the program will run until Oct. 11, as quoted by Kompas.com. (jes/asw)
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