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Sydney Opera House welcomes Airbnb

October 26, 2015 OTA News No Comments Email Email

The Sydney Opera House and Airbnb today announced a two-year partnership that will welcome the world to Australia’s most famous House and help to boost Sydney as a tourist destination.

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Opera House CEO Louise Herron & Airbnb Country Manager Sam McDonagh are joined by Airbnb Superhosts Margaret Burton (far left) & Amelia Procter (far right)

The partnership, announced on the same day as Airbnb welcomed its two millionth guest to Australia, will give thousands of Airbnb Superhosts from around the world a free tour of the Opera House paid for by Airbnb, opening up the country’s number one tourist destination to a growing community of domestic and international travellers.

Airbnb will also support the Opera House’s year-round contemporary music and environmental programs. The World Heritage-listed building was recently awarded a coveted 4 Star Green Star – Performance rating for sustainability leadership. The Opera House’s current summer music season includes Chet Faker, Tame Impala, Florence + the Machine, Four Tet and Kurt Vile.

Sydney Opera House CEO Louise Herron AM said: “The Opera House is Australia’s premier tourist destination and one of the world’s most recognised buildings. But there is so much more to explore beneath its famous sails, from the greatest contemporary and classical performances to inspirational speakers, life-changing programs for children and families and incredible Australian cuisine.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Airbnb, so that more people can experience the very best this country has to offer, and to support our flourishing contemporary music and environmental programs. As a company, Airbnb connects people around the world. Together, we can help open up the Opera House to new global communities, while highlighting Sydney as a destination to visitors at home and abroad.”

As the world’s busiest performing arts centre, the Opera House attracts more than 8.2 million visitors each year. Airbnb has already welcomed 60 million guests around the world, while a quarter of all Airbnb stays in Australia are booked in Sydney.

Airbnb Australia Country Manager Sam McDonagh said: “More than two million guests have been hosted by Airbnb in Australia. This partnership highlights the Opera House as the go-to destination to visit and experience.

“As a first stage of the partnership, thousands of Airbnb Superhosts from around the world will be given the chance to explore the Opera House. As some of the most trusted and influential members of our community, their experiences have the power to attract new visitors to Sydney and beyond.”

Airbnb Superhosts can redeem the Sydney Opera House tour offer by showing their Superhosts badge at the Opera House Welcome Centre – either on their smartphone or a printed copy of their Airbnb profile. Superhosts can also pre-book by emailing tourismbookings@sydneyoperahouse.com or contacting Tours Reservations on +61 2 9250 7250. As part of the experience Airbnb Superhosts will receive a complimentary Opera House digital photo to be redeemed at the end of the experience.

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