Last week I wrote about Airbnb’s new nomad policy and the accommodation affordability crisis affecting digital nomads.
As expected, this past week Airbnb unveiled their Summer 2022 Release, which they describe as “the biggest change to Airbnb in a decade”.
In short, there are three main changes:
- new search and browse options based on “Airbnb Categories”
- the ability to book “split stays” (one trip split across two homes) and
- an improved support program for guests (AirCover)
Watching CEO Brian Chesky’s announcement video, it’s clear that the company sees the new Categories feature as the most groundbreaking of the three.
Instead of simply searching for “a place to stay”, Airbnb now emphasizes (and allows users to browse and search) all of the different categories of homes available on the platform — from houseboats to vineyards to urban lofts.
With this new feature and announcement, Airbnb isn’t simply allowing customers to search for different types of homes, they’re actually making two bold statements about travel and their business: