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Airbnb reports a bounce in bookings signalling the travel industry’s return
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“Tapping into the demand for nearby trips, we are updating our app and homepage to help guests rediscover the magic in their own backyards by making it easier to book local travel, including at the last-minute,” the company said.

“This includes featuring local trip ideas and highlighting nearby getaways.”

Nearby half of the people in the US who took part in a survey commissioned by Airbnb indicated a preference to stay within a day’s drive of home once restrictions on movement are lifted.

More than half of Airbnb bookings in May were by people travelling no more than 320 kilometers (200 miles).

“The most common words in recent wish lists by Airbnb users were ‘beach’ and ‘summer’ 2020, so clearly people are eager to hit the road,” Airbnb said.

“Additionally, families are a greater share of Airbnb guests.”

Airbnb said it is working with local authorities, charities and tourist agencies to entice potential visitors and stimulate economic activity.

Airbnb last month slashed one fourth of its workforce — some 1,900 people — as the coronavirus pandemic crushed the travel industry.

The cuts were needed for the San Francisco-based company to survive until people start traveling anew, Airbnb co-founder and chief executive Brian Chesky said in a blog post at the time.

The company recently announced new cleaning “protocols” to reassure travelers.

This article was published via AFP Relaxnews. (Header image credit: Jaanus Jagomägi on Unsplash)

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