Airbnb, an online company providing various services to tourists, has announced the suspension of its operations in Russia and Belarus. As a result, tourists will not be able to make any new reservations at Airbnb for staying or traveling in Russia or Belarus, the company said. News Reuters and RT.
In a statement, Airbnb chief executive Brian Chesky said they had joined the ongoing Western sanctions against Russia and Belarus over their support for the war in Ukraine. As a result, reservations made on or after April 4 are being canceled. No new reserve requests will be accepted.
Earlier, Airbnb announced that it would suspend money transactions through several financial institutions in Russia and Belarus due to sanctions imposed by Western countries.
According to RT, many have already deposited money in Airbnb for the reservation of accommodation/seats before the new suspension order. But the company will convert this money into a bonus without returning it directly. However, the company has not yet clarified when and how customers will be able to use this bonus.
Booking.com, a global travel service provider other than Airbnb, has also suspended operations in Russia and Belarus since last month. As a result, tourists will not be able to visit Booking.com's hotels, guesthouses, and exhibition centers in the two countries.
Founded in 2008, the US company Airbnb operates an online marketplace. Through them, tourists can avail accommodation and other tourist facilities for vacation in various places of choice. Airbnb, which operates through websites and mobile apps, does not have its own accommodation; Instead, they make a profit by getting a commission from each conservation.
Written By : Hasan Kazi Mustafa