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Airbnb CEO: The Pandemic Will Force Us to See More of the World, Not Less

Cities aren’t dead, but Covid-19 will forever change the way we see them.

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In the first month of the pandemic, Airbnb faced a loss of $1 billion due to canceled bookings, leading Chief Executive Officer Brian Chesky to declare: “Travel as we knew it is over.” 

Getting on an airplane, he postulated, was not something consumers would be ready to do for a long time, leaving travel plans to be dictated more by safety precautions than whimsy. Fast-forward a few months, and his outlook hasn’t fundamentally changed. But what once sounded like a cataclysmic doomsday prediction has given way to a more nuanced view of how travel is evolving—not dying.