This week, Airbnb introduced over 100 new upgrades to its platform to suit post-pandemic travel. Brian Chesky, Co-founder of Airbnb, summarized the recent trend elegantly, in a single sentence:
People aren't just traveling on Airbnb; they are now living on Airbnb.
The stats also support his statement with nearly 25% of Airbnb bookings being long-term, or 28 days and longer, in the first three months of 2021. Those numbers are only expected to increase after the pandemic as more companies adopt flexible work policies.
And of all the people living on Airbnb on a monthly basis, about 11% of them are living nomadically (they don't even have homes).
Another interesting insight is that people are choosing longer stays in large houses, mostly in rural areas.
Brian also thinks that it will become common for families to relocate for holiday periods and subsidize for it by renting their own home.
So, to respond to those specific needs, Airbnb introduced 100+ features. We take a quick look at some of the notable ones:
This new feature allows renters to search for flexible dates, locations, and destinations. It gives people more flexibility as they can look for a place without specifying exact destinations and dates.
I'm flexible:— Brian Chesky (@bchesky) May 24, 2021
Now you don't need a destination. You can easily browse 170,000 really unique homes, from treehouses to boats to castles. pic.twitter.com/9apXX1DMSr
This feature shows listings outside a specified search and helps prevent the problem of over-filtering. It also shows you homes or rooms that are missing just one of your filter requirements.
The arrival guide feature will show all the arrival information guests need, including directions and Wi-Fi, in one place.
What do you think of this announcement? Will you be using Airbnb to book your next long-term stay?