TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – Airbnb has partnered with Choose Topeka to offer professionals free stays at the Kansas Statehouse.
According to GO Topeka, the Choose Topeka Relocation Initiative has partnered with Airbnb to give potential new residents the opportunity to visit the capital for free. Choose Topeka is offering up to $ 15,000 for those looking to move to Topeka, a city of nearly 200,000 residents.
“As some consumers consider moving, Airbnb-enabled local hosted stays are a fantastic way to explore neighborhoods before making a decision,” said Barbara Stapleton, vice president of corporate loyalty and talent initiatives at Go Topeka. “Through this partnership, potential residents can try before they buy before they commit to the Choose Topeka program – and can truly experience what life here could be like if selected.”
According to the Greater Topeka Partnership, potential new Topekans will be directed by Airbnb’s “Online Experiences” to introduce Topeka to anyone planning to move and answer questions about local life, events and more.
“In a new Airbnb poll, 44 percent of consumers in five countries are interested in trying a new city before buying a home, including 47 percent of Americans,” said Chris Lehane, senior vice president of global public order and communications at Airbnb. “In particular, 62 percent of US respondents who identify as Latinx, 50 percent who identify as black, and 50 percent of Californians are open to the idea of trying it before buying.”
Currently, according to GTP, 40 people who earn an average of $ 85,000 a year have participated in the Choose Topeka program, who come from cities across the country, including New York City and San Francisco. It is said that 21 workers bought a house in Topeka and 19 are renting it.
According to GTP, Kristy Blake, the director of the New Life Center on the St. Francis campus of the University of Kansas Health Care System, moved with her husband to Topeka in late April. They were said to be from Arlington, Texas, buying a house in the Kansas capital.
“It was really a very good transition for us. It really feels like family here, ”said Blake. She and her husband get to know their neighbors. And the city, she added, is big – “small enough but big enough for what we love to do.”
The Topeka community has a thriving NOTO Arts District, a revitalized downtown district, and Evergy Plaza, according to GTP. Topeka is also home to breweries, unique restaurants, live music venues, luxury hotels, and quality museums.
“Airbnb is excited to partner with Choose Topeka to help remote workers discover life in the Golden City and find their new home here,” said Lehane. “With the COVID-19 pandemic – and the advent of remote working – we can now live anywhere, and many would like to try a city out before they move. Working with Choose Topeka, we hope to give your community the opportunity to do just that, as part of a new vision for flexible living. “
Since the program started in 2019, GTP has received thousands of requests from across the continent as well as international requests.
“We encourage anyone considering taking advantage of everything Topeka has to offer to see for themselves. We think you will be amazed at everything the city has to offer, ”Stapleton continued.
According to GTP, the Choose Topeka program reimburses residents for vacancies in Topeka up to $ 15,000 on home purchases and $ 10,000 on rentals that include a one-year lease. Employees working remotely for companies outside of the city can get up to $ 10,000 when they buy a home and up to $ 5,000 for a one-year lease.
Airbnb said it has the following listings in Topeka:
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