When Airbnb first got started in 2007, we were told that people would never open their doors to strangers. Today, we’re announcing that we have passed 1 billion guest arrivals at Airbnb listings around the world and 500 million guest reviews. Home sharing is now mainstream.
As recently as 2019, home sharing was seen as alternative accommodation that was still gaining mainstream acceptance. The COVID – 19 pandemic sped up consumer adoption of Airbnb because families and friends came to see whole homes, often either in nearby or remote locations, as the safe, responsible way to gather together.