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Airbnb Joins Vacation-Rental Sites Seeing Surge in Demand

  • Weekend getaways are turning into work-from-home respites
  • Airbnb hasn’t ruled out an IPO this year, CEO Chesky says
Customers read newspapers and magazines at a cafe on a sea-front esplanade in Porto, Portugal, on June 6.

Customers read newspapers and magazines at a cafe on a sea-front esplanade in Porto, Portugal, on June 6.

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Antsy city dwellers seeking to escape their Covid-19 refuges are road-tripping to nearby vacation rentals in surprisingly strong numbers, showing the first signs of life for an industry that essentially ground to a halt in March.