Airbnb review: 5 stars for location, 1 star for no microwave [Marco Bottigelli/Moment via GettyImages]
Welcome to workationland... Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky predicts a revolution: a travel revolution. At a conference this week, Chesky said he expects the industry to bounce back bigger than ever. Chesky believes a “travel revolution” will usher in a new golden age of travel, that’s more free-style than pre-pandemic travel. What he expects:
You say you want a travel-ution… Airbnb is a comeback story of the corona-conomy. The rental icon lost 80% of its business when the pandemic hit. But it quickly embraced the work-from-home life and catered to changing travel trends. Since then, sales have rebounded to exceed pre-pandemic levels. How Airbnb’s ushering in the travel-ution:
Revolutionize to thrive... is better than “adapt to survive.” Airbnb thrived during the pandemic by recognizing the “old” travel biz was gone, and quickly building new experiences for remote, Covid-conscious customers. But it’s harder for some travel companies to adapt: Despite a rebound in leisure trips, the airline biz is struggling. Business travel, which brings in 75% of airlines' profits, still isn't budging back.