Airbnb and Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) have teamed up to launch a remote working hub as a one-stop-shop for remote workers and digital nomads.
This follows Airbnb’s announcement in July to partner with Queensland as one of 20 destinations around the world, making it easier to live and work anywhere.
The hub will provide local long-term listings and important information on entry requirements, tax details and visa policies, alongside information about the various localities that make up the state and places and events of cultural significance.
Not only will it change the way that travellers see the world, and in Queensland, the hub also empowers digital nomads to help drive change for good while they are there by learning from Queensland’s traditional owners, doing volunteer work, travelling more sustainably, being educated in the great outdoors, and seeking out tips for rewarding solo travel.
Earlier this year, Airbnb launched its Live and Work Anywhere initiative to identify some of the most remote worker-friendly destinations in the world, and support governments and DMOs in helping to revive tourism and provide economic support to communities.
The Live and Work Anywhere partnership with Queensland will see TEQ collaborate with Airbnb on a range of initiatives to promote the state to remote workers seeking accommodation for their long-term stays as well as provide recommendations for improving visa processes, streamlining tax compliance, encouraging remote workers to support local businesses, and immersing into the host neighbourhood.
Susan Wheeldon, country manager for Australia and New Zealand, Airbnb said: “As tourism recovers and the travel revolution continues to unfold, we’re seeing more guests choosing to live and travel in new and different ways… those who have the flexibility to work remotely are choosing to combine work with travel to explore Queensland on a longer-term basis.
“Remote work has untethered many people from the need to be in an office every day. As a result, people are spreading out to thousands of towns and cities, staying for weeks, months, or even entire seasons at a time. That’s also great news for Queensland communities that lay off the beaten track and are looking to diversify their local economies.”
With travel bringing significant economic opportunity to local communities and connecting people around the world, Airbnb aims to work together with destinations to make it easier for workers to enjoy this flexibility, and support the return of safe and responsible travel.