Airbnb’s travel revolution plans for Thailand

Airbnb plans to be at the forefront of a travel revolution in Thailand now the kingdom has eased all of its entry restrictions.

The US, California-based vacation rental company revealed that there was an increase of more than 180% in international travel searches in the first quarter of this year for stays in Thailand.

Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, and Samui were among the most popular destinations searched for both international and domestic guests.

Airbnb reckons tourists are keen to stay at destinations for longer than ever before as part of a travel revolution that’s creating more economic opportunities for locals and their small and medium-sized enterprises.

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The rental company believe Thailand is also uniquely positioned to attract the ever-increasing band of digital nomads. Since the coronavirus outbreak in 2020 working remotely has become a popular new trend and long-term stays in Airbnb accommodation is providing favoured among that demographic.

International travellers from the US, UK, and Germany are leading the searches for travel to Thailand.

Amanpreet Bajaj, Airbnb general manager for Southeast Asia, India, Hong Kong, and Taiwan said he was heartened to see travellers from all around the world looking to revisit Thailand.

“It bodes well for the sector’s ongoing recovery and for our local community of hosts.

“The blurring lines between travel and living has also led to many travellers continuing to embrace their newfound flexibility. They’re jumping at the opportunity to base themselves amidst the picturesque destinations in Thailand, both the favourites and some uncharted parts of the country, looking to live and work remotely.”

Amanpreet revealed Airbnb is working with the Tourism Authority of Thailand on a range of initiatives that will showcase Thailand to the world and attract more remote workers.

“We remain committed to working with local hosts across the country, as well as the Thai government, to help ensure local communities can take advantage of the travel revolution.”

News more travellers want to visit Thailand is great news for the nation’s economy and if Airbnb can help the kingdom back on its feet then that is welcome news. Although there appears to be a grey area using Airbnb property.

In 2018 a “court ruled that people renting out their rooms on a daily and weekly basis contravened regulations surrounding hotels. Rentals of 30 days and more would be legal.”

SOURCE: Nation

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Bob Scott

Bob Scott is an experienced writer and editor with a passion for travel. Born and raised in Newcastle, England, he spent more than 10 years in Asia. He worked as a sports writer in the north of England and London before relocating to Asia. Now he resides in Bangkok, Thailand, where he is the Editor-in-Chief for The Thaiger English News. With a vast amount of experience from living and writing abroad, Bob Scott is an expert on all things related to Asian culture and lifestyle.

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