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Short-term Travel Trends

Updated: Jan 8

As we head further into the year, it has become apparent that the pandemic has given rise to a new era of travel demand and trends. In particular, remote working and short-term rental business travel have seen an outpouring of popularity

New Travel Era

Throughout the pandemic, businesses adjusted to a new way of life with the rise of remote workers. As we return to normality, this trend is set to continue driving short-term rental demand. Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky has stated they “wouldn’t have recovered so quickly from the

pandemic had it not been for millions of people working from Airbnbs”.

Supply growth for the global travel giant saw them end 2022 with 6.6 million listings. With a

revenue of $8.4 billion, Airbnb grew 40 percent year-over-year for 2022. The growing popularity

of ‘digital nomadism’ and working while travelling has fuelled new ways of travelling and

contributed to a swift market comeback.

Business Travel

For 2023, The Global Business Travel Association has projected a spend of just under $1.2 trillion on global business travel. Polling suggests 78% of travel managers will engage in business travel this year and 91% feel their employees are willing to travel again. Reduced travel expectations are the lowest for Asia Pacific at only 7% and North America at 6%.

Expedia has also reported in their latest research that one in three consumers are planning an upcoming business trip, while one in two are likely to or will travel internationally within the next year.

Work travel trends include ‘bleisure’, which combines business and tourism, followed by team trips with a focus on bonding and collaboration, and extended stays for business or off-site training, all of which have seen a rising number of companies booking short-term rentals.

This demand has naturally catapulted workspace rentals to the top of the list for sought after amenities.

On The Rise

‘Co-worker Spaces’ is a new niche, with freelancers and companies opting to pay month-to-month for temporary office spaces. While they have the same amenities as a regular office, the core differentiator is not being locked into a long-term lease - a highly attractive component for project management or frequent business travel. Companies often utilise these flexible spaces to accommodate projects involving more than one business. Statista has projected close to 42,000 co-working spaces will be available as short-term rentals by 2024, with its global value currently estimated at $26 billion.

Surge In Demand

Another key trend sparking market demand is the desire for cleanliness and minimising Covid-19 exposure. Short-term rentals diminish the risks associated with the virus by reducing unnecessary contact and fostering a safer environment. Throughout pandemic restrictions,

droves of travellers moved away from crowded hotels, opting for the intimate environments

short-term rentals offer. According to STR, net interest in short-term rentals grew by 12% in

2021 and continued to trend upwards to nearly 20% in 2022. In contrast, interest in hotels

dropped by over -50%.

Expedia’s 2023 Traveller Index has shown that while the fears associated with Covid-19 have receded, it is still a core concern. 35% of travellers continue to prioritise minisiming exposure and 51% state that cleanliness and safety is their top priority. The report also indicates over half of respondents believe the experience you gain from travelling outweighs the cost, while 46% say travel is more important to them than it was prior to Covid-19. A desire to make up for lost time during the pandemic and the physical and mental health benefits are two of the top motivators for travel. Auckland has plenty of health-centred experiences, with Marie Claire Australia going as far as dubbing the city the ‘next big wellness destination”.

Reputation Is King

Another area of interest for short-stays is the value travellers place on reputation. Expedia

has reported that 48% of travellers rank guest reviews ahead of recommendations from family

or booking platforms, with nearly 50% choosing the service provider with the best reviews over

the best value. If you join a short-term rental company, you are set for success from the get-go,

with five-star reviews and the likes of a Airbnb Superhost ranking.

For more advice, contact us at The Stay Hub. Our experts can talk you through the ins and outs of marketing short-term rentals. To find out what your property could earn in the market, reach out to a short-term rental management company for a FREE appraisal service and expert advice.

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