Airbnb gets serious on long-term stays, denies hosts are finding new platforms

PhocusWire | April 01, 2020

Airbnb is introducing a number of new tools to help push the platform more in the direction of long-term stays during the coronavirus crisis. The company says the move is to give hosts the chance to provide "local accommodation in these challenging times." It claims 80% of hosts now accept longer term stays and around half of its active listings are giving guests a discount on stays of one month or more. There has been a 20% increase in long-stay bookings on Airbnb in the last two weeks compared to the same period in 2019, it says.

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Help your employees avoid everyday travel disruptions by ensuring they take the time to plan-a key ingredient for safe travel. CWT and International SOS teamed up to create this ‘Top 10 Tips for safe travel’ infographic you can share with your traveling employees. These tips can be used as a guide to help your employees prepare for their business trips effectively, helping them stay safer and your company reduces risk.

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Help your employees avoid everyday travel disruptions by ensuring they take the time to plan-a key ingredient for safe travel. CWT and International SOS teamed up to create this ‘Top 10 Tips for safe travel’ infographic you can share with your traveling employees. These tips can be used as a guide to help your employees prepare for their business trips effectively, helping them stay safer and your company reduces risk.

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Spotnana and American Airlines | September 12, 2022

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Agilysys | September 19, 2022

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DESTINATION AND TOURISM,INDUSTRY OUTLOOK

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RedAwning | November 21, 2022

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