Airbnb and the Interior Ministry’s Department of Local Administration (DLA) have announced an “Empowering Local Tourism Entrepreneurs” partnership, Airbnb’s first official partnership with a government agency in Thailand.

Airbnb and the DLA will train provincial officials in hospitality, hosting and compliance standards, and existing Airbnb homestays.

DLA director-general Suttipong Juljarern and Airbnb executive Mike Orgill announced the partnership at a Chulalongkorn University Alumni Association meeting on Tuesday.

Airbnb and the DLA have agreed to train officials in using Airbnb to distribute tourism income to communities and raise the quality of homestays and to show interested people how they can create and manage their own listings on the platform.

They plan to build a community of hosts in each province who can support and learn from each other.

The launch was followed by an initial joint training workshop conducted by three Airbnb “superhosts” and community leaders, and guest speakers from the Department of Provincial Administration and Immigration Bureau.

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