Airbnb names NYC one of the most popular destinations for remote work
The North American Digital Nomad Index collected data using Airbnb to determine which destination is the most popular. New York City has been named one of the most popular destinations for digital nomads and their hosts.
Airbnb has compiled its statistics not only for destinations in the United States, but also in Canada. They calculated their data by looking at factors for their long-term guests and hosts such as affordability, hospitality, popularity, and host income. It wasn’t just for vacation stays either, Airbnb considered both work and leisure travel.
Studies have shown that 1 in 5 guests used Airbnb to work remotely while traveling in 2021, this data suggests a new trend in a world aware of COVID-19.
Due to the increase in longer stays at Airbnb listings, Hosts in the United States have earned a combined $2 billion for long-term stays alone.
The top 5 destinations break down as follows: Los Angeles, California, New York, New York. San Francisco, California, Houston, Texas and Seattle, Washington.
Large cities dominate the popularity of Airbnb stays. According to their website, “gross room nights booked to high-density urban destinations increased 80% in Q1 2022, compared to Q1 2021.” Guests are choosing to stay even longer in their previously booked Airbnbs.
After seeing the popularity of living and working in these major cities, Airbnb will partner with 20 destinations around the world to promote the lifestyle of living anywhere while working.
Airbnb will also create bespoke hubs in Palm Springs, Tampa Bay and Tulsa to showcase the benefits of long-term local stays. They will also run educational campaigns in select destinations to promote responsible accommodation and travel as a remote worker.
Due to the increase in remote working and the desire to travel while working, Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky announced that employees would be allowed to work from anywhere. This brought over a million visitors to their career page.
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