Airbnb is rallying behind hosts in Haiti and Africa after President Donald Trump’s ‘shithole’ comments.
After it was reported that Trump made derogatory comments about Haiti and African countries, Airbnb’s CEO Brian Chesky started tweeting his favourite listings in the defamed countries, as well as sharing some numbers about Airbnb’s guests staying in these destinations.
“2,7 [million] guests from Airbnb decided that countries in Africa, El Salvador, and Haiti were beautiful enough to visit. When we embrace the world, we see its beauty,” Chesky tweeted on Saturday.
He also tweeted that in 2013 there were 3 000 hosts earning $6 million across Africa and the two mentioned countries, and today those numbers have increased to 75 000 earning $170 million from guests.
On the official Airbnb account, the accommodation company tweeted more praises of these destinations, highlighting Morocco, Senegal and Haiti with #weaccept.
“We heard there’s been some expletive-filled interest in Haiti recently. Which reminded us to revisit just how beautiful this country is. And the only thing more inspiring than the land? Its people,” tweeted Airbnb.
Fortune also reported that Airbnb will also be spending $100 000 on online advertising promoting listings in Trump’s ‘shithole’ countries, which could include some listings from SA.