Airbnb has been making ‘aggressive investments’ in China, but at what cost? Active discriminatory listings suggest that the company might compromise its commitment to ‘allowing anyone to belong anywhere’ to succeed where other Western companies have failed. Photo: AFP
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In China, Airbnb listings discriminate against Uygurs and other ethnic minority groups

  • The home-sharing platform has asserted that its mission is ‘to democratise travel by allowing anyone to belong anywhere’
  • But listings biased against Uygurs and Tibetans exist, in defiance of the company’s own non-discrimination policy

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Airbnb has been making ‘aggressive investments’ in China, but at what cost? Active discriminatory listings suggest that the company might compromise its commitment to ‘allowing anyone to belong anywhere’ to succeed where other Western companies have failed. Photo: AFP
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The image of the flag-following, selfie stick-swinging, coach-hopping Chinese tourist is the one that pervades, but the profile of travellers from the Middle Kingdom is changing. Photo: Shutterstock
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How ‘the China tourism miracle’ has boomed over the past 20 years

  • Until 1997, Chinese travel was restricted to select countries and available only to those in positions of privilege
  • That 140 million overseas trips were made from the Middle Kingdom last year shows how far a nation can go in two decades

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The image of the flag-following, selfie stick-swinging, coach-hopping Chinese tourist is the one that pervades, but the profile of travellers from the Middle Kingdom is changing. Photo: Shutterstock
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