Airbnb launches translation tool as cross-border travel picks up

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Nov 9 (Businesshala) – Airbnb Inc (ABNB.O) on Tuesday announced a slew of new features, including translation tools and expanded insurance for hosts, as the easing of COVID-19 restrictions allows more people to access its home-rental app. can be sent.

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Features aimed at cross-border travel and longer stays will help Airbnb further capitalize on the pandemic-induced shift in consumer preference toward non-urban destinations and alternative accommodations.

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Airbnb said more than 100,000 guests had stayed at its rental for at least three months in the past year.

Its “aircover” insurance will protect hosts against the loss of pets as the global search on its platform for pet-friendly listings grows.

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The company’s translation engine will be able to translate listing descriptions and reviews in 60 languages ​​and is expected to launch later this year, helping to take advantage of the cross-border travel resurgence.

Months of demand led to a huge jump in bookings in the United States on Monday, as the country lifted pandemic-induced travel restrictions in early 2020.

Airbnb said overall cross-border travel increased to 33% of gross nights booked in the third quarter, compared to 27% in the second quarter and 20% in the first quarter.

According to Airbnb, as of November 8, the top destinations for incoming foreign travel in the United States include Los Angeles, Miami, and New York.

Reporting by Sanjana Shivdas in Bengaluru; Editing Aditya Soni

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