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Four MoUs signed with Airbnb

Kum Hong Siew

Guwahati: Four MoUs were signed on Monday between government agencies and Airbnb, a leading community-driven hospitality company, for doubling tourist inflows to the Northeast in the next three years.

The MoUs signed between North Eastern Council, the North East Tourism Development Council, North East Rural Livelihood Project (NERLP) and North Eastern Region Community Resource Management Project (NERCORMP) and Airbnb agreed to expand tourism in the Northeast through the company's global platform, improve the quality of home-stay facilities and unique properties in the region, cooperation to improve the regulatory environment for home sharing in the Northeast.

Kum Hong Siew, regional director, Airbnb Asia Pacific, signed the MoUs on behalf of Airbnb, a US company which operates an online marketplace and hospitality service for people to lease or rent short-term lodging including holiday cottages, apartments, home-stays and hostel beds.

MoUs were also signed for strategic partnerships by the NERLP and NERCORMP with Airbnb to generate technology-enabled livelihood opportunities in tourism and hospitality for micro-entrepreneurs in the Northeast, and to help low-income families monetise their existing assets through home sharing.

"Under these agreements, Airbnb will provide training to core teams of the NERLP and NERCORMP, which will further train existing and potential hosts on home sharing, responsible hosting, hospitality standards, hygiene and basic amenities," said a government statement.

Another MoU was signed between NERCORMP and Himalayan Environmental Studies and Conservation Organisation for leveraging of community resources and appropriate local resources-based technology for development.

DoNER minister Jitendra Singh, who attended the programme, said development of the Northeast is of prime importance for the government, and tourism development was one of the key focus areas, in view of the region's natural beauty and cultural heritage.

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