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The pandemic did not actually wipe out the Airbnb business in the Philippines as Filipino Airbnb hosts earned over P24 million since the start of the pandemic, according to a report by Manila Bulletin.
Airbnb’s 2021 Release showed that travelers are booking unique abodes including cabins, tiny homes, and treehouses to break up the monotony of the past year spent in lockdown. Nearly 70 percent of respondents to a recent Airbnb survey indicated they want to be able to filter for unique stays when searching for trip accommodation.
According to the Airbnb data, hosts in the Philippines have earned over P24 million welcoming guests into their unique homes since the start of the pandemic.
“Many of our unique stays in the Philippines are tucked away in the outskirts of large cities, within driving distance from the metro,” shared Amanpreet Bajaj, Airbnb’s General Manager for Southeast Asia, India, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.
Based on the data, searches for unique stays have increased by 94 percent in 2021 compared to the same time period in 2019, and 55 percent of Airbnb’s 100 most wishlisted homes in the last year fall into unique categories.
Notably, searches for certain types of unique homes have exploded by over 10x compared to just two years ago. Searches for yurts have spiked by approximately 1700 percent, while searches for earth houses and barns have increased 1,285 percent and 1,068 percent, respectively.
“Uncovering these one-of-a-kind stays is now a whole lot easier with our new Flexible Destinations feature, which helps guests discover incredible properties in places they may not have thought to search for. Guests can simply enter the dates they want to travel or search with flexible dates, for instance, a weekend, week or an entire month, to search and book their unique stays,” the company said in a statement.
For instance, Airbnb cited Airbnb’s most popular unique stays. It described unique accommodation as those located in a quiet neighborhood adjacent to a larger river, perfect for nature lovers and adventure seeks.
Unique accommodations are also equipped with all the comforts, including air conditioner, refrigerator, and equipped kitchen.
With travel restrictions easing, borders reopening and an increasing desire for unique stays, Airbnb data also revealed that now is the time for would-be Filipino Hosts to open their homes to guests.