In August, Uber and Airbnb Australia announced a partnership that aims to streamline and simplify the process of booking an Airbnb accommodation in Australia.
The two companies announced a three-year pilot project that aims at simplifying the booking process.
Airbnb also revealed a new program to help people with a small budget find Airbnb accommodation.
The company says it’s working with government and industry stakeholders to help make the Airbnb experience easier for Australians.
The companies said the pilot program is expected to cost $1 billion over the next three years and will be rolled out across Australia by the end of 2019.
Uber said the deal will bring in more than 2,000 people to the country each year.
Airbnb Australia chief executive officer Nick Tew said the program will make it easier for Airbnb to find hosts in Australia and increase the number of Australians who are willing to book Airbnb accommodation for short stays.
“Australians are often reluctant to book a room in Airbnb accommodation, and we know that people are frustrated by the lack of options,” he said.
“To help people get to grips with Airbnb, we’re working with the government and with industry stakeholders in Australia to create a streamlined, simpler and more efficient way to book short stays in Australia.”
Airbnb has partnered with the Department of Transport, the Australian Taxation Office and the Department for Industry and Innovation to streamlines the process for people to book accommodation online.
The program is part of Airbnb’s plan to help Australians find housing, and Tew hopes the partnership will boost the number and diversity of people who are able to book rooms.