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Original Title: Socialbnb
Country: Germany
Category: Sustainable Economics
Project team: Nils Lohmann, Rosie Schwarz, Alexander Haufschild,

Socialbnb is an online platform connecting social and ecological NGOs or CBOs with travellers from all around the world.  Tourism was a $8.27 trillion industry in 2017 and is growing exponentially every year. More and more tourists increasingly look for authenticity on their travels. Yet many locals in developing countries do not have the resources or knowledge to tap into this industry.

Socialbnb introduces local NGOs to travel and tourism, giving them a sustainable way to earn funds for solving local social issues, indirectly impacting the thousands of people whose lives are highly dependent on the existence of their organizations. Socialbnb helps them to list their unused rooms as social homestays on the Socialbnb platform.

Not only do the NGOs establish a stable second source of financing for aid projects, but also create unique and meaningful experiences for travellers, enabling all parties to benefit from the development of tourism. Stay for breakfast and make friends!

Jury Evaluation:

Socialbnb is one of my favourite projects over the fous years of judging at the European Youth Award. Travel and tourism were a $8.27 trillion industry in 2017 and it’s growing exponentially every year. However, many locals in exotic and developing countries do not have resources AND knowledge to tap into this industry. Socialbnb, not only includes locals to travel and tourism, but also gives them a credible and sustainable way to earn funds for solving local social issues. On the other hand, tourists are increasingly looking for authenticity on their travels. Socialbnb perfectly connects and addresses all of these aspects into one whole where all parties benefit. – EYA Jury report

Mentor Statement:

Socialbnb is an amazing contribution to society and a milestone for travellers who wish to contribute to the local economy while staying abroad. A small ecological footprint while travelling will become more and more a topic and Socialbnb seamlessly aligns with the growing trend. The platform perfectly supports locals to present their accommodation, and also gives a nice overview how each stay is positively contributing to local society and projects, I wish Nils and the team all the best for the future and want to thank them once again for the excellent work.”

André Perchthaler | Global Marketing Director | NXP


Please note that all data refer to the time of winning the Award.