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.
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.
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 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.