Airbnb banned for official state business travel

On Jan. 15, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a letter to discontinue reimbursement to employees and contractors on official state business for Airbnb services. As a result, UF has made the following changes to its directives and procedures.

Effective Jan. 22, Airbnb services should no longer be used by anyone on official University of Florida travel. Reimbursements will be allowed for travel that contains Airbnb services where the travel began prior to Jan. 22. This requirement is applicable to PCard purchases as well. All official university business travel reservations that utilize Airbnb services should be canceled and other arrangements made.

Faculty and staff should also review all current contracts between vendors and UF to determine which contracts allow for reimbursement of expense and, where allowed by the terms of the contract, immediately notify those contractors of this change in policy.

Please note the governor’s declaration to discontinue use of Airbnb was specifically related to Airbnb, Inc. The vendors providing a similar-type service listed below are still available for use to meet your travel needs:

If you have questions, please contact the Travel Office at (352) 392-1241.

Published: February 8th, 2019

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