FAST FIVE: Airbnb CEO: "Travel Will Never, Ever Go Back To The Way It Was Pre-COVID"

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These are usually very small communities.

“But one of the things that I do think is a fairly permanent shift is .

They wait in line to get a selfie in front of a landmark,” he said.  “I think that's going to get smaller as a percentage of travel in the future, and I think it's going to get somewhat displaced, or at least balanced, by people visiting smaller communities,” he added.  The redistribution Chesky describes is a reversal of international trips to more domestic ones, but instead of travelers going to big cities and famous landmarks – they will vacation in rural communities.

The days of vacationing in New York, London, Paris, Rome, and Hong Kong are limited.  So who are the winners and losers in this emerging travel trend Chesky sees playing out?  Winners:  Airbnb hosts or super hosts with properties in rural communities, near state parks, or scenic views.  Losers:  Airbnb hosts or super hosts with properties in major cities.

Commercial real estate in metro areas, such as hotels, resorts, and shopping malls.  As for all those overleveraged super hosts, we warned about during the pandemic, who saw rental income collapse – they could very well see depressing bookings for a considerable period while properties in rural communities see boom times.

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