The world is undergoing a revolution in how we live and work. Technologies like Zoom make it possible to work from home. Airbnb makes it possible to work from any home. This newfound flexibility is bringing about a revolution in how we travel, allowing for more frequent trips, longer trips, travel to more locations, and even the ability to live on Airbnb. Recently, Communications Lead for North America at Airbnb, Liz DeBold Fusco, participated in a nationwide satellite media tour to discuss how Airbnb is supporting a revolution in how we travel.
A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/1-HhndqYOIQ
Before the pandemic, millions of people used to live in one place (their home) and work in another (their office). But now, with technologies like Zoom, they can live and work in the same place, and that place can be anywhere. Living, working, and traveling are all blurring together.
This newfound flexibility is creating a revolution in how people travel, giving them the flexibility to travel everywhere, go anytime, and stay for longer -- data and research from Airbnb suggests these trends are here to stay.
People increasingly are living on Airbnb -- from July to September, 20% of nights booked were for stays of one month or longer -- and they are traveling at any time. Nearly half of nights booked on Airbnb were for at least one week, compared to 38% two years ago; and families are traveling more during the week, with the most growth in stays on Mondays and Tuesday nights globally.
With the holidays ahead, many are excited to reunite with loved ones. As of the end of September, we had over 40% more nights booked for Thanksgiving week in the US than at the same time in 2019. The reopening of US borders this week is also revealing pent-up demand. In the US -- which historically is the largest inbound travel market in the world -- during the week following the October 15 announcement of the November 8 reopening date, nights booked by foreign guests for stays starting November 8 increased by 44%.
In May, Airbnb introduced its 2021 Release, with over 100 upgrades to improve every aspect of the Airbnb service. Now, Airbnb has announced a number of new innovations that make it easier to host on Airbnb and support these changing needs of travelers. These include new features like AirCover, Translation Engine, Accessibility Review, Verified WiFi, and many more.
For more information, visit Airbnb.com
Liz DeBold Fusco is a Communications Lead for North America for Airbnb. Prior to that, she was a Vice President at SKDKnickerbocker, a national public affairs firm, where she provided strategic communications guidance to organizations ranging from the NAACP and Demos to The Rockefeller Foundation and AT&T. Liz has also worked for the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City and New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray as well as the New York State Attorney General.
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