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Olympians, Paralympians and Japanese volunteers to host Airbnb Online Experiences during Tokyo 2020

Author: Theodore Koumelis / Date: Fri, 07/16/2021 - 09:59
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The curated program provides over 200 ways to support and connect with Olympian and Paralympians online, bringing the spirit of Tokyo 2020 closer to home than ever before.

Bangkok, Thailand - Thais unable to travel to the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games will now get to experience the Games firsthand, thanks to an exciting new series of Online Experiences on Airbnb hosted by athletes and local Games volunteers. With Japan ranking the #1 overseas destination of choice for Thai guests on Airbnb*, these Online Experiences will offer Thais a taste of the country and upcoming Tokyo 2020 festivities, right from the comfort of home.

Airbnb, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) are bringing people closer than ever to the magic of Tokyo 2020 with a special program of more than 200 Olympian and Paralympian Online Experiences, only on Airbnb. Hosted by both competing and retired sporting heroes, these one-of-a-kind experiences will allow athletes to share their passion with guests who can connect with them directly during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

In a once in a lifetime opportunity, guests will be able to relive a personal Olympic story with living legends from Team’s USA men’s basketball team Scottie Pippen, Larry Bird and Michael Johnson. They will also be able to discuss Games preparation with world-class surfer John Florence, chat about chasing one’s dreams with one of the world’s youngest professional skateboarders Sky Brown, experience a post-Games debrief with Olympic triathlon silver medalist Jonny Brownlee and learn dynamic drills from runner and eight-time Paralympic medalist Blake Leeper.

Airbnb partners with the Nippon Foundation Volunteer Support Center

In addition to the athlete-hosted Online Experiences, Airbnb has partnered with 89 local volunteers from the Nippon Foundation Volunteer Support Center to host 20 free Online Experiences.

Hosted by locals, these unique and authentic experiences will be offered at zero cost on a first-come-first serve basis. The initiative aims to give guests insights into the venues, cities and histories behind this year’s Games and inspire future travel to Japan.

From a virtual tour of the Tokyo 2020 national stadium area, to an introduction to the Fukushima Azuma Stadium area that’s paired with a calligraphy class and the sites and Olympic stadiums of Yokohama. Guests will uniquely experience cities across Japan that will play host to the Games, including Miyagi, Fukushima, Yokohama, Shizuoka and Tokyo.

*Based on internal Airbnb data on growth in searches for trips from January-February 2021 to March-April 2021.

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Theodore Koumelis

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Theodore is the Co-Founder and Managing Editor of TravelDailyNews Media Network; his responsibilities include business development and planning for TravelDailyNews long-term opportunities.