Airbnb has reiterated its opposition to a travel ban, which restricts entry to the US from residents of Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Somalia and Yemen, after the controversial decree was upheld by the countries Supreme Court.
Speaking out against the decision Airbnb co-founders Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Blecharczyk wrote: “We are profoundly disappointed by the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the travel ban -- a policy that goes against our mission and values. To restrict travel based on a person’s nationality or religion is wrong. We believe that travel is a transformative and powerful experience, and we will continue to open doors and build bridges between cultures around the world.”
To reinforce this message Airbnb has produced a short 30-second video hypothesising a ‘world without travel where everyone built walls, and no-one left home’.
Theorising that many of the places, people and cultures that we now take for granted would no longer exist the travel firm states that there would be no immigration, exploration and ‘definitely no United States of America’.
Airbnb is refusing to give up the fight despite its courtroom setback and has partnered with the International Refugee Assistance Project to assist individuals caught up in the travel ban. Until 30 September Airbnb has pledged to match donations of up to $150k to the organisation.
A host of brands including Google, Microsoft, Slack and Lyft have all spoken out against the US travel ban.