Airbnb to close in China amid repeated Covid lockdowns
The Guardian says Airbnb is closing down its business inside China indefinitely, as the country’s zero-Covid policy, lockdowns and travel restrictions continue.
On Tuesday Airbnb told its China-based users it would cease taking all bookings for accommodation and experiences in China from 30 July. The ability to book for dates beyond 29 July was suspended on Tuesday morning, according to screenshots of the Airbnb notice shared across Chinese social media. An attempt by the Guardian to make bookings from outside China after that date produced an error message.
According to a source familiar with the decision, who confirmed the shutdown, Airbnb’s domestic business in China is suffering under China’s pandemic restrictions, with no indication that authorities intend to move towards co-existence with the virus or opening its borders.
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