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Airbnb joins vacation-rental sites seeing surge in demand

Brian Chesky, chief executive officer and co-founder of Airbnb Inc., speaks during an Economic Club of New York luncheon at the New York Stock Exchange in New York on March 13, 2017. Foto: Bloomberg/Michael Nagle

Antsy city dwellers seeking to escape their covid-19 refuges are road-tripping to nearby vacation rentals in surprisingly strong numbers, showing the first signs of life for an industry that essentially ground to a halt in March.

"People, after having been stuck in their homes for a few months, do want to get out of their houses; that's really, really clear," Airbnb Chief Executive Officer Brian Chesky said in an interview. "But they don't necessarily want to get on an airplane and are not yet comfortable leaving their countries."..

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