Orion Travel Technologies has launched Rainbow BNB, the first global home-sharing service for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The Orlando-based travel technology company unveiled the Rainbow BNB website earlier this week, as a number of U.S. cities host Gay Pride celebrations throughout June, also known as LGBT Pride Month.
The travel website is unaffiliated with Airbnb, the largest home rental company in the market. However, the website layout follows that of Airbnb, save for a few differences. All stays can be booked at a flat rate of $39.99 for up to two guests in more than 34,000 cities in 190 countries. Listings have yet to be released for any of the proposed cities.
Guests are also guaranteed a continental breakfast and a glass of wine or bottle of beer upon arrival. Rainbow BNB plans to extend its booking engine to flights, rental cars, international SIM cards and travel insurance. For every trip booked through the platform, guests will receive a 20-inch hard-shell four-wheel luggage piece.
Rainbow BNB hopes to encourage travel in the LGBT community with safety awareness programs and a similar trust and safety policy that Airbnb has. Orion Travel Technologies will also donate $5 for every trip booked to victims of the Orlando shooting through the Orlando Strong fundraiser.
“What I would like to see happen is that straight hosts from all over the world greet and welcome the LGBT community with open arms and open doors,” said Gary German, founder of Orion Travel Technologies. “It is time we lay down our past and build a present and future with this great community.”