AirBnB Hit Hard By COVID Cancellations

Tiny remote cabins, cozy cottages overlooking sun-speckled lakes and historical mid-century houses designed for the ultimate guest experience — Mic…

Tiny remote cabins, cozy cottages overlooking sun-speckled lakes and historical mid-century houses designed for the ultimate guest experience — Michigan Airbnbs are as unique as they are intimate.

Given the devastating impact of the coronavirus and reports of hiccups in communication, Airbnb is working to reengage both wary Michigan travelers and struggling hosts.

Northern Michigan, it turns out, has seen especially strong growth in Airbnb bookings during the summer months. Whether it’s restlessness or a desire to return to familiarity, Airbnb reports that, “Between May 17 and June 6, 2020, there were more nights booked for travel to Airbnb listings in the U.S. than during the same time period in 2019.”

However, not everyone reaped the benefits from that statement, such as superhost Chris Zehnder of Frankenmuth.

“All guests in March, April, May and early June canceled because of COVID,” he said.

Zehnder had plenty of close company in his disappointment. The entire tourism industry in Frankenmuth was heavily impacted during what is typically an economically prosperous time in the region.

Zehnder, like many Airbnb hosts, is working toward solutions. By adhering to new policies like Airbnb’s Enhanced Cleaning Protocol, in which new practices of sanitation and cleanliness are put into place, travelers may feel more confident to return.

Some uncertainty hangs in the air, but there are notes of optimism. The charm of cities like Frankenmuth, time and continued mitigation of COVID-19 should contribute to the rebound of the economy and the livelihood of Airbnb hosts across the state and the country.

“People are excited to get back out into the public again,” Zehnder said.

Related

Sugarbeet PlantsSugarbeet Plants

Sweetening the Deal

Michigan Sugar President and CEO Mark Flegenheimer ordered the purchase of $135,000 worth of restaurant gift cards ta…
Game Changer TherapyGame Changer Therapy

Mind and Body Health

Get to know Scott Staszak, Owner of Game Changer Therapy Services
Three HeadshotsThree Headshots

How Businesses are Giving Back

Great Lakes Bay Magazine checked in with local business owners on why it is important to contribute to the community …
Smoke stacksSmoke stacks

MI Healthy Climate Plan Aims to Reduce Fossil Fuel Dependence

Success of the plan hinges on eliminating Michigan’s dependence on fossil fuels from outside the state, allowing work…
Gentleman in front of a resturantGentleman in front of a resturant

Restaurants Pivot to Survive Pandemic’s Economic Effects

2,000 restaurants are estimated to have permanently closed, according to Justin Winslow, president and CEO of the Mic…

Connect

Contact

517.203.3333

221 W. Saginaw St.
Lansing MI, 48933

All Rights Reserved 517 Business and Lifestyle Magazine. Website designed and developed by M3 Group