Apr 9, 2020

Coronavirus: Airbnb restricts UK bookings to coronavirus keyworkers

Home rental firm Airbnb is to temporarily restrict UK bookings to keyworkers and "Essential stays" because of the coronavirus crisis. Keyworkers - such as NHS and social care staff, and transport and food retail employees - can still book through a programme called Frontline Stays. In a message to hosts on 31 March, chief executive Brian Chesky said: "When your business suffers, our business suffers." The news site Techcrunch has reported that Airbnb is rejigging its business model to focus on longer-term stays. It said the company had changed its front page to promote such listings and had contacted hosts about the benefits of longer bookings.

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