“It took us 12 years to build Airbnb, and we lost almost everything in four to six weeks,” Chesky said in an interview on CNBC, indicating that the company was preparing to go public this year, and now that is up in the air.
Chesky also noted that Airbnb faces an uncertain future due to fears of outbreaks that are already being experienced around the world, adding, “Tourism as we knew it is over. I don’t want to say that the journey is over, but rather that the model we knew has died and will not return. We are going to get in our cars, drive a few kilometers to a small community and stay in a house.
The CEO noted that at least in the United States, Airbnb is already recovering, although it does not want to have “false hopes and that its company is not absolutely out of the woods. ”
“We spent 12 years building Airbnb’s business and lost almost all of it in the matter of 4-6 weeks,” says Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky. “Travel as we knew it is over. It doesn’t mean travel is over, just the travel we knew is over, and it’s never coming back.”@cnbc @dee_bosa pic.twitter.com/BLjb9HH2Pe
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