Brian Chesky, CEO of the Airbnb hosting platform, noted that the crisis in tourism due to the COVID-19 pandemic destroyed in six months the work of the company that took 12 years to build.
“Since the beginning of March, travel stopped, even virtually, millions of people were in confinement. It took us 12 years to build Airbnb and we lost almost everything in a period of four to six weeks, “he said in an interview with the US network. CNBC.
According to Chesky, the future of the company is uncertain, given that “tourism as we knew it is over. I do not mean that the journey is over, but rather that the model we knew is dead and will not return. ”
The executive explained that people want to go out, “but be sure. He doesn’t want to get on a plane, or travel on business, or cross borders, “so he is likely to become more local.
He also noted that Airbnb “is recovering faster than we thought,” however, he said he does not want to have false hopes, because the company is not “absolutely out of the woods.”
“We spent 12 years building Airbnb’s business and lost almost all of it in the matter of 4-6 weeks,” says Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky. “Travel as we knew it is over. It doesn’t mean travel is over, just the travel we knew is over, and it’s never coming back.”@cnbc @dee_bosa pic.twitter.com/BLjb9HH2Pe
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