Airbnb and COVID-19: SPACE-TIME vulnerability effects in six world-cities

Karima Kourtit, Peter Nijkamp*, John Östh, Umut Turk

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This study examines the COVID-19 vulnerability and subsequent market dynamics in the volatile hospitality market worldwide, by focusing in particular on individual Airbnb bookings-data for six world-cities in various continents over the period January 2020–August 2021. This research was done by: (i) looking into factual survival rates of Airbnb accommodations in the period concerned; (ii) examining place-based impacts of intra-city location on the economic performance of Airbnb facilities; (iii) estimating the price responses to the pandemic by means of a hedonic price model. In our statistical analyses based on large volumes of time- and space-varying data, multilevel logistic regression models are used to trace ‘corona survivability footprints’ and to estimate a hedonic price-elasticity-of-demand model. The results reveal hardships for the Airbnb market as a whole as well as a high volatility in prices in most cities. Our study highlights the vulnerability and ‘corona echo-effects’ on Airbnb markets for specific accommodation segments in several large cities in the world. It adds to the tourism literature by testing the geographic distributional impacts of the corona pandemic on customers' choices regarding type and intra-urban location of Airbnb accommodations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104569
Number of pages18
JournalTourism Management
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022


  • Airbnb
  • Corona echo effects
  • Corona pandemic
  • COVID-19
  • Hospitality markets
  • Survival analysis
  • World-cities


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