Airbnb host Miroslava smiles into camera

Airbnb Entrepreneurship Academy

Empowering the next generation of tourism entrepreneurs
At Airbnb, we believe tourism can be a force for good, and we want to do our part to give more people an opportunity to benefit from tourism in the places they call home. That’s why we launched the Airbnb Entrepreneurship Academy, which introduces people from diverse and historically underrepresented communities to hosting on Airbnb.
Local partners
Airbnb partners with local organizations to develop tailored education programs that help participants learn how to become entrepreneurs by turning their spare room or property into a source of extra money on Airbnb.

Participants hear directly from Superhosts who share specific tips and helpful information on how to get started and become successful on Airbnb.

We partner with

Nonprofit organizations

Academic institutions

Destination Marketing Organizations

Development banks


Small businesses & small business centers

Global reach
The program began in South Africa in 2017 to help support education in hospitality and technology for residents from under-resourced communities and rural areas. We then expanded the program with active Academies in Kenya, Thailand, Colombia, the United States, and more.

In total, we have partnered with over 50 organizations, hosted more than 100 Academies, and helped more than 4,500 participants around the world.

In 2020, the World Tourism Alliance (WTA) recognized the Academy for Best Practice in Poverty Alleviation Through Tourism.
Map showing Airbnb Academy around the world
What participants say
"The partnership between the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and Airbnb Entrepreneurship Academy has been a transformative journey for me as an indigenous entrepreneur living in a rural community. Through the Academy I have not only gained the knowledge and skills to become a Superhost on Airbnb but also unlock the true potential of my entrepreneurial spirit. This partnership has provided me with the tools, resources, and support to showcase the beauty of my Cherokee heritage to those who choose to visit Cherokee. It has empowered me to create a thriving business that not only benefits myself but also fosters economic growth within my community".
Melody, Academy attendee from Whittier, United States
"As a participant in the Airbnb Entrepreneurship Academy program, I’ve experienced a transformative journey beyond business. It has not only impacted my life by equipping me with the skills to thrive in the hospitality industry but also created jobs in our local community. What sets this program apart is its commitment to fostering connections and community growth, reminding us that Airbnb is not like other travel companies. It’s a platform that values genuine human experiences, and I’m proud to be part of this extraordinary endeavor."
Wira, Academy attendee from Bali, Indonesia
Alumni and their listings
With thanks to our partners
Logos of Airbnb Academy partners