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Smart, Airbnb partner to bring personal hospitality to hosts and guests in the Philippines

Smart Communications (Smart), together with PLDT, and Voyager Innovations, recently announced a partnership with Airbnb, the world’s leading community-driven hospitality company. Together, the companies will offer a complete and convenient travel experience for Filipinos, no matter what their destination in the country and overseas.

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Smart Communications (Smart), together with PLDT, and Voyager Innovations, recently announced a partnership with Airbnb, the world’s leading community-driven hospitality company. Together, the companies will offer a complete and convenient travel experience for Filipinos, no matter what their destination in the country and overseas.

To kick off the partnership, Smart subscribers will be able to get as much as P2,500 discount when they book a unique home anywhere in the world via Airbnb. The same discount will soon be extended to PLDT HOME subscribers, as well as selected clients of PLDT Alpha Enterprise and PLDT Smart SME Nation.

“We’re excited to help bring yet another digital innovation closer to more Filipinos nationwide, this time with a global pioneer in travel accommodations, Airbnb. As more and more Filipinos, particularly the younger ones, find the time and resources to travel around the country and abroad, we are providing them convenient access to millions of the most unique accommodations around the world through our partnership with Airbnb, as part of the revolutionary ‘Smart Life’ experience,” said Ariel Fermin, EVP and head of consumer business at Smart.

Smart subscribers will get as much as P2,500 discount when they book a stay in Airbnb.
Smart subscribers will get as much as P2,500 discount when they book a stay in Airbnb.

 

PH among fastest growing Airbnb markets

“The Philippines is among the fastest growing markets for Airbnb in the region and we are excited to reach even more Filipinos through this partnership. Unforgettable travel experiences are literally just a few clicks away on Airbnb. With almost 2 million homes to choose from all over the world, tree houses, holiday villas or designer apartments are safely and easily booked on a computer, mobile phone or tablet,” said JJ Chai, Regional Director for South East Asia at Airbnb. “We can’t wait to see the unique accommodations around the world that Smart customers will book”

From today until January 2016, Smart subscribers will receive a P2,500 discount for any Airbnb booking with a minimum spend of P8,000. All they have to do is text SMARTAIRBNB to 2855 for FREE to receive a unique promo code. The discount is limited to once per registered Philippine user, but is open to all past and first-time bookers. The booking has to be made by March 31, 2016 and the date of travel must be between today and December 2016. More information about the terms and conditions at Airbnb.com/smart.

The partnership is not only targeted towards Filipino travelers, though. Airbnb and PLDT HOME and PLDT-Smart SME Nation are exploring partnership opportunities targeted towards homes and unique hospitality businesses that can easily list on Airbnb. Fully embracing digital technology will empower hosts, especially in the countryside, to expand their reach and allows them to become more successful entrepreneurs.

Convenient booking

Founded in 2008, Airbnb is revolutionizing the travel industry by connecting travelers seeking unique accommodation with local hosts who welcome guests into their homes. Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 34,000 cities and more than 190 countries.

Smart’s partnership with Airbnb comes on the heels of its back-to-back exclusive partnerships with the world’s leading brands in digital services – including the biggest names in entertainment such as iflix, FOX, MCA Music, Sony Music, and more recently, Uber, the world’s most popular ride-sharing service. As a partner of Airbnb in the Philippines, Smart’s expansive mobile network across the country coupled with the most innovative data packages will allow users to easily book their accommodations anytime, and wherever they may be in the country.

For more information on this partnership please visit smart.com.ph/airbnb.

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