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Dec 20, 2012

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My name’s David, and I’m Airbnb’s Head of Global Public Policy.  

I recently joined the Airbnb team because I was inspired by the amazing experiences the members of our growing community are creating for each other every day.

The connections happening on Airbnb empower people around the world to achieve a richer quality of life. Half of the hosts we’ve surveyed say they depend on the extra income gained from Airbnb to pay their rent or mortgage.  Our guests bring economic and social activity to underserved neighborhoods, and the data tells us that cities benefit enormously from what our guests bring.

We also understand that we have a responsibility to keep our community informed about what Airbnb is doing in cities and neighborhoods around the world.  So on these pages, we will try to keep you informed about important public policy debates surrounding what we do. We will also ask for your local knowledge, advice, and suggestions as we work together to clarify or improve laws around the world that sometimes make it more difficult for our users to provide great local experiences to travelers.

Along the way, we will also ask for your patience and understanding as well. I know we haven’t satisfied everyone’s desire for information in the past, and we will inevitably be unable to please everyone in the future. We sometimes just won’t be able to comment publicly regarding ongoing regulatory discussions or changing laws, and I am sorry about that. 

I am hopeful, though, that with this blog and your participation, you will at least know much more about our current work and what we are doing every day to advocate on your behalf.  And as we keep you updated, we’d also appreciate your feedback and suggestions so that we can always strive to do better. 

After all, your success is our success.

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