Olympic partner teams with IOC and IPC to offer travel vouchers to all Beijing 2022 athletes

The travel company Airbnb will offer travel grants to all Olympic and Paralympic athletes competing in the Beijing 2022 Games

Chinese railway staff stands beside a high-speed train at Zhangjiakou cluster train station inside a closed loop area designed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Zhangjiakou, China January 25, 2022. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch
Chinese railway staff stands beside a high-speed train at Zhangjiakou cluster train station inside a closed loop area designed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Zhangjiakou, China January 25, 2022. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

Olympic partner Airbnb will be working together with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to offer all Beijing 2022 Olympians and Paralympians a travel grant to use after the conclusion of the Games.

Like they did for the Tokyo 2020 Games, Airbnb will issue a $500 travel grant for every athlete competing in Beijing, in honor of their efforts and accomplishments. More than 7,000 athletes received their Airbnb500 grant after the Tokyo Games.

Airbnb became a Worldwide Olympic Partner in 2019 and will provide accommodation services to benefit the Olympic Movement and community through 2028. The Airbnb Athlete Travel Grant was launched in April 2021 and is a nine-year program offering up to 500 athletes a year a $2,000 travel grant to use for training, qualification and other travel accommodation.

“With their help it’s possible to stay in a nice apartment. In times of the pandemic, I feel better and safer to be by myself and not in a big hotel,” said Paralympian Vico Merklein.