Western Cape tourism company Wesgro has entered into an agreement with Airbnb to promote remote working domestically, BusinessTech has reported.
The deal will see Airbnb offering up to 50% off stays longer than 28 days.
The DA’s provincial spokesperson for Finance, Economic Development, and Tourism, Deidré Baartman said that the Coronavirus pandemic has had a profound effect on the way in which work is conducted with businesses and professional opting to work remotely.
“Our domestic market is more important than ever due to the continued slump in international travellers visiting our province,” said Baartman.
During the State of the Province Address, Western Cape premier Alan Winde said that the province would lobby the national Department of Home Affairs to develop and roll out a Remote Working Visa aimed at welcoming back international travellers for long term stays.
The visa is aimed at attracting ‘digital nomads’ – people who use telecommunications technologies to earn a living and conduct their life in a nomadic manner. Such workers often work remotely from foreign countries.
The city’s MAYCO member for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management, James Vos, said that the visa will be targeted at workers who are looking to end ‘work from home boredom’ and ‘Zoom fatigue’.
@WesternCapeGov and @Wesgro , in partnership with @Airbnb , launched https://t.co/GWktPi3S6y to promote remote working domestically, as South African’s take advantage of the flexibility that working from anywhere brings.💻
— Premier Alan Winde (@alanwinde) March 4, 2021
— Wesgro – Cape Town & the Western Cape (@Wesgro) March 4, 2021