In 2022, Airbnb's CEO Brian Chesky predicted that consumers will expand their travel to thousands of cities and cities, with some guests booking their stays for up to an entire season.
He made it clear that he'll be one of them.
In 2022, I think the biggest trend in travel will be people spreading out to thousands of cities and cities, staying for weeks, months, or even entire seasons at a time," Chesky said in a Twitter thread Tuesday.
Over the course of 2021, Chesky said 100,000 Airbnb guests had booked stays of at least three months.
From July to September, 1 in 5 nights booked on Airbnb were reserved for stays of a month or longer, and nearly half of the nights booked were for stays of a week or longer, he said.
The trend was exacerbated by remote work, which he says has been exacerbated by the fact that many people are not allowed to be in an office every day. In the third quarter of 2021, the San Francisco-based home-sharing company earned an estimated $834 million in revenue as consumers were vaccinated and regained confidence with traveling.
The trend of work flexibility will accelerate, according to the company's earnings call last November.
The newfound flexibility is what is bringing about a revolution in how we travel, because millions of people can travel anywhere, anywhere, for the first time, and even live anywhere on Airbnb, Chesky said. We believe that this trend towards more flexibility will only accelerate. Chesky said on Tuesday that he's joining the trend this year with plans to stay in a different city or city every couple of weeks.
Chesky plans to keep going back to San Francisco, where the company is based, but for now my home will be an Airbnb somewhere, he tweeted.
Why am I doing this? He said that the pandemic has created the biggest change to travel since the advent of commercial flying.