Among the impacts of the emergency Coronavirus Economically, there is also the one that affects the tourism and travel sector. The words of Glenn Fogel, number one of the booking giant, are mirrored: “The world is changing and we have to adapt”. Another platform that is being affected from a different point of view of the situation is Airbnb.
Airbnb: coronavirus curbs the platform
How the spread of the disease has already caused the IPO to slip for the IPO we have written in recent weeks. Let us return to the subject today to bring back the measures introduced by the group in support of Host who make their homes and homes available guests that for obvious reasons are demanding less and less in this period. CEO Brian Chesky’s vision is pretty clear and looks beyond the impasse.
Airbnb was born during a global crisis. It didn’t stop us then and it won’t stop us now.
The reference is to the recession of the period 2007-2008 triggered in the United States and then felt everywhere. Just then the company took its first steps, still managing to grow to become the global player it is today. At the moment Airbnb offers guests the opportunity to get a full refund of the amount spent during booking for accommodations in the countries most affected by the coronavirus such as China, South Korea and Italy (more on the official website). It cannot be ruled out that the same can also happen in other territories, unfortunately considering how the pathology is manifesting itself on a large scale.
Yesterday a new programme was introduced called More Flexible Reservations which establishes new procedures for the payment of refunds: for accommodation booked between now and until June 1, they can be issued in the form of coupons to be spent in the future on the platform. For more details, please refer to the announcement.
On the horizon there is also the unknown of Olympics: Airbnb is an official partner Tokyo 2020. Although the International Olympic Committee continues to stress its desire not to cancel the event (at least in the absence of precise indications from the World Health Organization), no hypothesis seems to be possible at the moment Excluded.