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Solo travel is on the rise among all ages and large companies are looking to adapt to the growing trend. A few weeks ago, the cruise line Oceania Cruises announced new cabins for single travelers, and now Airbnb has developed a new feature for this type of traveler.
On Monday, US 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 information shared on the official website, the company noted that in 2021, about 26% of the nights booked were for single travelers, and during the first quarter of 2022 this number increased: more than 50% of the nights recorded for long stays were booked by Solo travelers.
Airbnb stated: “As the ‘live anywhere’ phenomenon has taken off among people able to work remotely, our platform has become an increasingly integral part of individual travellers.”
One of the main concerns of solo travelers is safety, which is why the Airbnb’s Trust team has been working since 2021 on a new product to ensure safe and secure experiences. This new feature is now available for English speaking guests.
How does the new feature for solo travelers work
The new feature for single travelers will be activated when a guest books a private or shared room. The specialized in-app experience, as Airbnb calls this new feature, will offer the individual traveler “expert advice” to help them stay safe.
Single travelers will now be able to share their accommodation and itinerary with family and friends. Trusted people will be able to see the address, check-in and check-out dates, and reservation codes.
After a guest books a room, the new feature will also provide automated prompts and help solo travelers ask relevant questions based on research and 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 build a safety net and encourage solo travelers to book comfortably: “We hope this new product will better equip Airbnb solo travelers to be more informed travelers by getting their questions answered before the flight, giving them a better understanding of their surroundings and informing The important people in their lives are where they are 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 part of the company’s main interest, but for now, the new feature will be available to all single travelers regardless of their gender identity.
Airbnb’s New Features and Updates
Airbnb has been active recently including new features for its app, sharing travel related data, and even making major updates to its platform. The company recently included new buttons and categories to its 6 million+ listings to provide more exciting and interesting options for travelers, like OMG Homes.
Now that the pandemic is under control and more travelers want to explore the world and work remotely, the company has been adapting to meet today’s travel needs. Airbnb has already heard and worked to address the needs of remote workers and constantly update COVID-related measures based on local restrictions and health developments around the world.
The current concern appears to be safety, so in addition to the new single traveler feature, the company also recently added a 24/7 safety line for travelers, an in-app experience for local emergency services to access emergency services locally — recently extended to 70 countries — and now Users can also add an emergency contact to their profile to help the company reach a friend or family member in an emergency.
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