The Coronavirus has a severe impact on Airbnb hosts and the STR industry. I'm publishing a special podcast every Monday on this topic. In this post you can find all the episodes in one place.
The episodes are focussed on:
1) The impact that I see in our communities and around the world (i.e. cancelations, lost bookings, etc)
2) What Airbnb hosts are doing to thrive or at least mitigate the damage
How to thrive through the short-term rental crisis
Airbnb Raises USD 10 Billion and starts Online Experiences
How the Coronavirus Downturn will Shape and Change Hospitality
News updates and tips from the community
How to use Pinterest to drive bookings
Part V, March 26th
Part IV, March 23rd
Part III, March 19th
Part II, March 16th
Part I, March 12th
Part I show notes:
The Coronavirus has people scared. Though the perceived risk is much higher than the actual threat of contracting COVID-19, many would-be Airbnb guests are cancelling their travel plans. What does that mean for us as STR rental hosts? And what can we do to keep our businesses going in this difficult time?
Today, I’m addressing the Coronavirus and its impact on STR hosts, discussing the markets most affected by the outbreak as well as the details of Airbnb’s extenuating circumstances policy—and how some guests are getting full refunds even if they don’t qualify.
I go on to offer my best advice for hosts who are afraid of exposure and explain why I don’t recommend making any big investments or taking on an expensive lease in the current economic climate. Listen in for insight on how long we might be dealing with Coronavirus and learn what you can do to get more bookings (and maintain your visibility in search results) during this challenging time.
The markets most impacted by the Coronavirus
Airbnb’s extenuating circumstances policy
Giving refunds outside the extenuating circumstances policy
My advice for hosts afraid of exposure
How to get more bookings during this difficult time
Why there may be light at the end of the tunnel
What STR hosts can do to survive this challenging time
Why I’m risk averse in the current economic climate