Airbnb CEO: Travel will never, ever go back to the way it was pre-COVID

30 June, 2020

Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky said he believes that "travel will never, ever go back to the way it was pre-COVID", noting that people "are not getting on airplanes, they're not crossing borders, they're not meaningfully travelling to cities, they're not travelling for business" (NY Post, 29-Jun-2020). Mr Chesky observed that instead of air travel, people are favouring driving holidays and travelling to "very small" communities which are within 200 miles of their home. He also forecast that travel to previous international tourism hotspots such as Rome, Paris and London will be less appealing to travellers uncertain about the public health situation, and this will be "somewhat displaced, or at least balanced, by people visiting smaller communities".