With so much uncertainty about travel in the near future, we often find ourselves wondering how hotels and short-term rentals will adapt to new circumstances. Looking ahead to the future, Airbnb recently shared its efforts related to cleaning and listings featured on the site.
In a statement, the company shared that it will unveil a brand new Cleaning Protocol campaign, which will include "enhanced procedures and guidance on how to clean every room in a home," this May.
The protocols will include "the use of personal protective equipment, like masks and gloves for hosts or their cleaners, as well as disinfectants that are approved by regulatory authorities." In addition, the company will implement a "CDC recommended 24 hour wait" after each cleaning gets completed, in case of any airborne particles. A new Booking Buffer feature will also let hosts put their listing on pause for 72 hours between each stay.
On the guest side, anyone browsing Airbnb will be able to "search for and easily identify Airbnb listings that meet their needs and expectations and are part of the program."
The company worked with Dr. Vivek Murthy, former Surgeon General of the United States and Ecolab for this initiative. Airbnb says that 92% of hosts plan to continue their short-term rental services after restrictions lift. This new focus on cleaning protocols is surely a sign of other changes coming in hospitality and travel in the near future.