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Airbnb And Indonesia Ministry Of Tourism Launch One-Stop Remote Working Hub

Airbnb today announced the launch of the Bali remote working hub, a one-stop-shop for aspiring remote workers, in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy of the Republic of Indonesia.  

The custom-built hub showcases the island’s top-notch remote work infrastructure, beautiful nature and rich cultural heritage. It features key information relating to visa and entry requirements, and long-term stay accommodation options located in both well known and off-the-beaten-path destinations. As part of both parties’ ongoing Live and Work Anywhere partnership, Airbnb will further partner with MTCE to drive educational campaigns promoting responsible travel amongst remote workers and local Airbnb Hosts.

Mich Goh, Airbnb’s Head of Public Policy for Southeast Asia, India, Hong Kong and Taiwan said: “Through our partnership with the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, we aim to make it easier for millions of remote workers around the world to discover Bali’s established remote work ecosystem and incredible offerings. As international travel returns, this marks a significant opportunity to attract a new segment of long-term travelers, diversify travel to lesser known gems such as Bajar and the Nusa Islands, and generate greater economic opportunities for more local communities than ever before.”

Sandiaga Uno, Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy of the Republic of Indonesia shared, “As international travel resumes, Indonesia stands ready to welcome tourists from all around the globe, including digital nomads who wish to stay longer and work remotely here. We are proud to announce that remote workers can now use the B211A visa to work and live in Indonesia for up to 6 months tax-free. We believe that our ongoing partnership with Airbnb will help drive awareness of Bali and keep us top of mind as an incredible destination for remote workers, and encourage travel to lesser known areas across the island.” 

Airbnb recently published a guide for governments and destinations outlining recommendations for how communities can benefit economically from the rise in remote workers. Airbnb’s Guide to Live and Work Anywhere: How Communities Can Benefit from Remote Workers is based on Airbnb’s insights, data and experiences in partnering with 20 destinations that are embracing the potential of remote work, as well as a review of remote worker programs worldwide.

To reap the benefits of remote working, Airbnb’s Guide to Live and Work Anywhere provides recommendations for:

  • Improving visa processes and streamlining tax compliance.
  • Encouraging remote workers to support local businesses.
  • Immersing remote workers and their families into host neighbourhoods.

About Airbnb

Airbnb was born in 2007 when two Hosts welcomed three guests to their San Francisco home, and has since grown to over 4 million Hosts who have welcomed more than 1 billion guest arrivals across over 220 countries and regions. Travel on Airbnb keeps more of the financial benefits of tourism with the people and places that make it happen. Airbnb has generated billions of dollars in earnings for Hosts, most of whom are individuals listing the homes in which they live. Among Hosts who report their gender, more than half are women, and one in five employed Hosts are either teachers or healthcare workers. Travel on Airbnb also has generated more than $4 billion in tax revenue around the world. Airbnb has helped advance more than 1,000 regulatory frameworks for short-term rentals, including in 80% of our top 200 geographies. In late 2020, to support our continued expansion and diversification, we launched the City Portal to provide governments with a one-stop shop that supports data sharing and compliance with local registration rules. We continue to invest in innovations and tools to support our ongoing work with governments around the world to advance travel that best serves communities.

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