Traveling has gotten easier since remote work had a boom in 2020 when the COVID-19 virus hit the world, Brian Chesky, CEO of accommodation company Airbnb, recently noted.
According to the CEO, travel among remote workers will increase, as the pandemic has given employees more flexibility in their jobs as he does himself. Currently, he plans to live and work from Airbnbs across the US, returning to his home in San Francisco every two weeks or less.
The Airbnb CEO also noted how the pandemic, with all its flaws, has changed the way people book accommodation facilities. In 2019, customers primarily booked Airbnbs for a night on the town or to spend a few days in a particular location while now, data from the company shows, about 20% of nights booked between July and September were 28 days or longer, TheSchengen.com reports.
Furthermore, half of the nights booked at that time were at least seven days in length – showing a 44 percent increase in the number compared to pre-pandemic levels.
“We are on the cusp of a travel revolution. The world is being digitized. The world is getting smaller. It is getting global. And I think that was probably the biggest change in everyday life,” Chesky said.
His comments come as good news for all workers who love to travel, especially for European citizens, as the company recently proposed rules harmonized with the European Union to better support hosts.
According to an Airbnb press release, with the adoption of new rules within the bloc, millions of Europeans will be able to reap the benefits of hosting while addressing challenges related to property speculators and excess tourism.
“Airbnb supports regulation, and we welcome the EU’s advice on the short-term rental initiative as recognition of the vital role that hosts and homeshare play in Europe’s economy,” an Airbnb statement read.
The company further proposed that it support EU member states and Airbnb hosts across the 27-nation bloc by creating a new EU-wide host registry. By creating such a platform, the company aims to provide access to fair and proportionate rules and the primary right to provide service to all Airbnb in Europe.
According to Statista, as of December 2020, there were 77,324 offers of room and apartment rentals in London on the Airbnb website, showing the highest prices on the European continent. Airbnb’s listings were also high in Paris, Rome and Madrid.