Brooklyn Chamber partners with Airbnb to promote tourism

The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and accommodations marketplace Airbnb announced on Wednesday, September 16 a first-of-its kind partnership program called the Neighborhood Tourism Fellowship, aimed at promoting tourism across the borough.

The program will be Airbnb’s first attempt at systematically connecting its hosts with local businesses that, if successful, will be mirrored globally.

“Brooklyn has long been a major tourism destination — due in large part to the amazing people that live here and the great businesses that surround them,” said Chamber President and CEO Carlo Scissura. “This partnership with Airbnb is an exciting opportunity for us to continue promoting the best that Brooklyn has to offer, while also greatly improving the experiences of visitors.”

In addition to organizing events to introduce hosts to local business owners, Airbnb will fund a Chamber community outreach organizer to meet with Brooklyn businesses one-on-one and educate them on opportunities to get in front of Airbnb’s users.

Almost one third of all Airbnb visitors to New York City stay in Brooklyn, with 45 percent spending at least some time in the borough.

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