Airbnb targets digital nomads and sets trends that follow Booking.com Airbnb points out that more than six million active entries on the platform accept monthly stays, and more than half of those entries offer discounts for extended trips. Although Airbnb did not provide specific figures, they claim that guest bookings for a monthly stay have “increased significantly” in recent months. Photo by AirBnb Under the new feature, the weekly tariff plan requires a minimum stay of seven nights, while the monthly tariff plan requires a minimum stay of 28 nights. // BOOKING.COM CLOSES FIVE OFFICES WORLDWIDE, ONE IN CROATIA In early September, Airbnb reported that bookings for monthly stays had “increased significantly” since the start of the pandemic, citing growing interest in the concepts of “working from anywhere” i.e. digital nomads. Photo: Daria Shevtsova, Pexels.com Long-term rentals and digital nomads are in trend. There are two trends, one caused by the coronavirus pandemic, where many companies have shifted their business to work from home while others have sought safer places, outside big cities and thus digitally relocated their businesses, as well as another trend that has become even more important during the covid and acceleration, thanks to the digitalization of business and the IT industry – of course they are digital nomads. Although practically every type of real estate meets the requirements for price plans for longer stays, this move is largely designed to strengthen the business of houses and apartments on Booking.com, and especially communication to focus on long-term rent. In response to the growing demand for long-term stays, Booking.com now allows property owners to offer weekly and monthly rates. Booking.com’s move follows Airbnb’s move, which back in April focused on long-term rentals and digital nomads, with the aim of taking advantage of accommodation trends for longer stays. Airbnb and Booking.com are a great example of positive competition pushing each other and racing over who will be faster, better, more efficient. And thus they are pushing the whole market forward. To make it easier for digital nomads to find the types of stays they are looking for, Airbnb has updated its homepage in most countries to highlight ways people can discover long-term rental stays nearby. – We make the search easier, and we also help the hosts to understand this type of stay and how to use it while again making it easier for the guests to find the right accommodation for their needs., point out from Airbnb.
KINGSTON, Jamaica, (CMC) – Rookie West Indies white-ball batsman, Brandon King, has set his sights on this year’s Twenty20 World Cup, and is hoping to further impress selectors to ensure he is selected for the showpiece Down Under.The 25-year-old made his international debut last year and has maintained his spot in the side despite failing to register a single half-century in 12 innings across both limited overs formats.But with the T20 World Cup scheduled for October 18 to November 15, King is hoping to make the trip in order to put his talents on show on the global stage.Brandon King.“It [the World Cup] is the biggest opportunity [to showcase talent] because that’s when you have most people watching. I had that goal from last year, trying to make sure I’m selected in that team, and then I’ll take it from there,” the Jamaican told the Observer newspaper here.“In terms of what I’ve done, I think there is a lot of room for improvement. It’s a learning process but you try to learn as quickly as possible.“At the end of the day you get picked to perform, so you don’t get endless opportunities to prove yourself. It’s about learning from your mistakes as fast as you can.”King earned a call-up to West Indies colours after dominating in both the four-day and T20 formats last year.He was the leading scorer in the Caribbean Premier League with 496 runs for losing finalists Guyana Amazon Warriors and also plundered 630 runs for his native Jamaica Scorpions in the domestic first class championship.However, he has struggled at international level, with a highest score of 39 in One-Day Internationals and 43 in T20s, and is targeting another successful CPL in order to remain in the selectors frame.“It’s the nature of sport; current form is very important and I think the selectors will always look to who’s performing [well] closer to the time of a competition,” he pointed out.“From a personal point of view, obviously you want to be in the best form heading into it as well. You want to have full confidence.”The CPL is carded for August 19 to September 26 but its staging is in doubt due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic which has halted cricket globally.West Indies are also due to host South Africa and New Zealand between July and August in Tests and limited overs games but both series are also now in jeopardy, and are likely to deprive King of chances to prove his worth.Though away from the field because of the lockdowns across the Caribbean due to the outbreak, King said he was using the time to work on his fitness and improve technical aspects of his batting.“There are challenges because there are things that you cannot do as you used to but I look at it in a positive way – there are also things you might not have had time to do in a normal situation,” he explained.“[Now] you can focus more on bettering yourself, and fitness-wise you can push yourself in workouts a little bit more than you could during competitions.“You have time to recover, you have time to work on some technical stuff – go back to basics in a sense – and get that really sorted out so that when cricket starts back, you can have a better foundation than when you stopped.”
Barcelona have confirmed that starlets Gerard Deulofeu and Rafinha will be returning to the club as part of their first-team squad.Deulofeu spent last season in England with Everton whilst Rafinha remained in Spain with Celta Vigo – but neither will be loaned out next season.The decision was made by new boss Luis Enrique, and was one of the first following his appointment on a two-year deal.Enrique knows both players well, having coached them for Barcelona B during his three-years in charge, whilst he also signed Rafinha on-loan for Celta last term.Both players impressed during their time away from Camp Nou – and interest in the pair was big, but Enrique wants both to remain.21-year-old midfielder Rafinha, brother of Bayern Munich’s Thiago, has never played for Barcelona’s first-team, whilst Deulofeu has made just two appearances for the Catalan giants. Reports in Spain suggest that Everton – who wanted Deulofeu back for next season – have requested another Barcelona youngster join them on loan.