Airbnb introduces new resources to make travel easier for disabled people

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Airbnb has announced that it is bringing new resources to aid guests with disabilities in locating and booking activities and accommodations that satisfy their requirements. The latest resources were included in the Airbnb 2021 Winter Release that brings a variety of features for protection and additional support of Hosts and offers guests an efficient approach to traveling and living on Airbnb.

The latest accessibility review process allows Hosts to submit photos of their homes' accessibility features for a team of Airbnb agents to manually review them. This process has been developed to provide guests with the information that can help them book accommodations that meet their requirements.

With improved search filters, guests will now be able to find their accommodations by using filters such as accessible parking spots, and step-free bedroom access. The 13 updated search filters now also provide more details about the accessibility features.

Executive Director of Costa Rican Accessible Tourism Network (Red Costarricense de Turismo Accesible), Stephanie Sheehy stated:

We are delighted to continue collaborating with Airbnb because they are truly committed to developing and offering more accessible options on their platform. Costa Rica Tourism Accessible Network believes in the right of leisure and recreation for all, so our vision is that accessibility is the route for a healthy coexistence and we love the path Airbnb is working towards achieving it.

The Experiences accessibility resource allows guests to choose from 11 filters to locate Experiences where Hosts provide free-of-charge admission for access providers who aid guests with disabilities, an activity with no steps or stairs, or sign language. This resource also requires Hosts to provide a detailed written description of every accessibility feature developed to satisfy a number of sensory, communication and mobility needs.

To learn more about the Filters for Stays or Filters for Experiences, head over to the dedicated webpage here.

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