Airbnb has suspended all its technology events and meet-ups in Paris after the deadly terror attacks were reported in the French capital on Friday night. The community-driven hospitality company had hosted its third annual Airbnb Open host conference on Thursday.
Co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky tweeted to announce that all activities of Airbnb throughout Paris have been cancelled after the attacks. "Tomorrow morning's Airbnb Open activities throughout Paris are cancelled. We will continue to update you as other plans come together," Chesky wrote in the tweet.
San Francisco-based Airbnb had scheduled a series of events at Parc dela Villete in Paris where more than 6,000 attendees are reportedly present from over 100 countries across the globe. The company had successfully hosted the third annual conference at the same place that was its first conference outside San Francisco.
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Airbnb announced some new tools and services at the conference that will help personalise the experience for each individual. The company also brought a 'Business Travel Ready' listing to Airbnb for business hosts.
Attendees and employees at Airbnb's conference posted some tweets showing the chaos around soon after the attacks were reported. "We are heartbroken and our thoughts are with the people of Paris, the victims of this terrible attack and their families," Chesky wrote in a separate tweet. However, the company did not immediately respond to an email seeking a comment.
Airbnb is not the only entity that has postponed its events after the deadly attacks in which more than 120 people were killed. Former US Vice President Al Gore has also announced the suspension of his 24 Hours Of Reality And Live Earth webcast that was launched from the Eiffel Tower a few hours before the attacks. "Out of solidarity with the French people and the City of Paris, we have decided to suspend our broadcast of 24 Hours of Reality and Live Earth," a statement on the webcast's site reads. Irish rock band U2 has also cancelled its concert scheduled for Saturday night.
Social media channels, mainly Facebook and Twitter, have emerged with special tools to help people find their friends and family members. Hashtags like #PrayforParis and #ParisAttacks have also been used to support the survivors of the attacks.