Poland’s tourism industry is helping refugees from Ukraine
Large travel companies have also joined the effort to provide facilities and services to refugees. Airbnb, in partnership with its non-profit arm Airbnb.org, is working with hosts in neighboring countries such as Poland, Hungary and Romania to supply free temporary housing for 100,000 refugees fleeing Ukraine.
thousands of people around the world Have also booked and paid for Airbnbs within Ukraine, with no plans to travel there in an effort to send money to Ukrainian homeowners. The company reported that more than 61,000 nights were booked in Ukraine between March 2 and 3, of which 34,000 booked in the United States.
Page Holden, 43, a Los Angeles-based interior designer, was at first skeptical about the initiative, concerned that the hosts would not be able to access the funds if they booked an Airbnb property. But after reaching out to some of them and seeing their desperation, he immediately booked an apartment in a property in Kyiv, sending $4,700 to a family of five.
“After I sent the investigation, a woman in Kyiv sent me a picture of her three young children, lying in a cold, dark basement full of other troubled families,” Ms Holden said.
“You have to remember that these people lost everything, their house, their income, they have nothing left but to fight for their lives,” she said.
For the past week, Benjamin Wagner, 27, a part-time tour guide and history student in Berlin, has volunteered through a What’s App group to transport refugees from that city’s central train station to hosting families across the city. Huh.
“At the moment, it doesn’t matter where you are from, what you do or where you work,” said Mr. Wagner. “We all have a collective responsibility to help our Ukrainian brothers and sisters. This humanitarian crisis affects all of us, and tomorrow we can be in their place.”
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