Brian Chesky Heralds “Travel Revolution”

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Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky foresees a significant shift in how people move around, with more intentional gatherings of family, friends and colleagues—even if routine business travel never returns to normal.

Chesky unveiled his “travel revolution” at the recent Skift Global Forum, and here are his top points.

  • Travel will be back bigger than ever—not just like it was in 2019. People have been isolated on a scale and for a duration unlike ever before and want to come together.
  • The flexibility created by remote work is driving this shift. Zoom is the latest factor to disrupt travel.
  • Extended weekends and long-term stays are on the rise. Airbnb says bookings for three- and four-day weekends with families are up 70% from Q2 2019 to Q2 2020, and 28+ nights were the company’s fastest-growing trip-length category.
  • Domestic flight demand remains far off pre-pandemic levels. Total domestic bookings represent $38 billion, down 30% from the same period in 2019.

(AXIOS, 09.20.21)

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