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Solo travel is skyrocketing among all ages and major companies are looking to accommodate this growing trend. A few weeks ago, cruise line Oceania Cruises announced new cabins for solo travelers, and now Airbnb has developed a new feature for this type of traveler.
On Monday, US-based Airbnb announced a new safety product for solo travelers in a press release, an in-app feature that will help solo travelers have safe and secure experiences.
According to the information shared on the official website, the company noticed that in 2021, around 26% of the nights booked were for solo travelers, and during the first quarter of 2022, this number increased: more than 50% of the nights saved for long term stays. stays were booked by solo travellers.
Airbnb said, “As the ‘live anywhere’ phenomenon has taken off among those able to work remotely, our platform has become increasingly integrated with solo travelers.”
One of the main concerns of solo travelers is security, and that’s why Airbnb’s Trust team has been working on a new product since 2021 to ensure safe and secure experiences. This new feature is now available for English-speaking customers.
How the new feature works for solo travelers
The new feature for solo travelers will activate when a guest books a private or shared room. The specialized experience in the app, as Airbnb calls this new feature, will show solo travelers “expert advice” to help them stay safe.
Solo travelers will now be able to share their location and booking itinerary with family and friends. People you trust will be able to see the address, arrival and departure dates and booking codes.
Once a customer has booked a room, the new feature will also provide automated prompts and help solo travelers ask relevant questions based on research and the experiences of other travelers at that location. “Is there anything I should know about the neighborhood?” and “will you be available if I need help during my stay” are two examples of questions the app will ask travelers to ask their hosts.
With this strategy, they hope to create a safety net and encourage solo travelers to book comfortably: “Our hope is that this new product will better equip solo travelers on Airbnb to be more informed travelers by getting answers to their pre-trip questions, giving them a better understanding of their surroundings and letting important people in their lives know where they will be and for how long.
The new in-app experience is only available in English, but Airbnb hopes to expand to other countries and languages soon. Another specialized experience for women is high on the company’s agenda, but for now the new feature will be available to all solo travelers, regardless of gender identity.
New Airbnb Updates and Features
Airbnb has been very active lately, including new features in its app, sharing relevant travel data and even making major updates to its platform. The company recently included new buttons and categories for its over 6 million listings to provide more exciting and interesting options for travelers, such as OMG Homes.
Now that the pandemic is better contained and more and more travelers want to explore the world and work remotely, the company is adapting to meet current travel needs. Airbnb has already heard and acted to meet the needs of remote workers and is constantly updating COVID-related measures based on local restrictions and global health developments.
The current concern seems to be safety, so in addition to the new solo traveler feature, the company also recently added a 24/7 security line for travelers, an integrated experience with local emergency services for reach emergency services locally, recently expanded to 70 countries. – and now users can also add an emergency contact to their profile to help the company contact a friend or family member in the event of an emergency.
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