As Indians continue to enjoy travel to national destinations, more and more people are exploring new destinations beside subways, in the hills, and in off-the-beaten-path destinations that offer local experiences. Searches for international locales are also increasing as more places begin to lift restrictions.
Homestay hosts have enjoyed the rental of their spaces, with Millennials and senior hosts looking forward to high income and growth. Planning trips to unique places to stay, like treehouses or castles, just got a lot easier with the global release of Flexible Destinations. This feature joins a suite of new flexible product innovations designed to completely transform the browsing and booking experience.
Clicking on “I’m Flexible” will reveal unique listing categories – from houseboats and domes to A-frames and even private islands – with the closest to the guest’s location at the top of the list. Customers can also see the search results displayed on a map and simply enter the dates they want to travel or search with flexible dates (i.e. weekend, week or month) to easily book a trip to a one-of-a-kind property. .
According to data from Airbnb India, travelers discover new stay experiences when they travel. Goa remains a key national destination and continues to be the top destination for homestays, followed by Delhi, Lonavala and Bengaluru.
Accommodation is a great way to ensure that the economic benefits of travel are spread across the communities in which our hosts are present. Hosted travel has also seen a resurgence, with over 50% of new Airbnb hosts in the first half of 2021 being millennials between the ages of 25 and 40. The top five states where these new hosts were based are Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, collectively earning more than Rs 2.6 crore in the first half of 2021 (January-June 2021).
The rise of digital nomads and the need to stay connected at all times have resulted in the increasing flexibility to live and work from anywhere. Being able to determine the WiFi speed of an ad before booking is a must for digital nomads. Airbnb’s WiFi speed list feature helps travelers book their perfect accommodation.
Commenting on these trends, Amanpreet Bajaj, Managing Director of Airbnb India, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan, said, âDemand for travel is increasing and the industry is showing positive signs of its ability to meet the challenge of reprise. Indian travelers are always eager to identify unique accommodations that they may not have experienced before. Travelers are also increasingly aware of sustainable travel and eco-friendly choices when traveling. With a focus on cultivating responsible tourism practices, Airbnb is committed to working with our hosts to ensure that travel is restorative for the communities in which we are based. We have always supported trips that empower local communities and benefit them economically. Our goal is also to cultivate micro-entrepreneurship and we are happy to see hosts across demographics benefiting from the recent surge in travel. ”
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