Airbnb CEO and co-founder Brian Chesky said that global travel may never fully recover from the coronavirus pandemic, but he anticipates more travel from tourists within their own countries to smaller communities.
“I will go on the record to say that travel will never, ever go back to the way it was pre-COVID; it just won’t,” Chesky told Axios in an interview published Sunday. “There are sometimes months when decades of transformation happen.”
Chesky said that people are “not getting on airplanes” to cross borders, but are rather traveling by car to “communities that are 200 miles away or less.”
“People will, one day, get back on planes,” Chesky said. “But one of the things that I do think is a fairly permanent shift is … a redistribution of where travelers go.”
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