Airbnb booking data from China offers glimpse of a rebound

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FILE PHOTO: Small toy figures are seen in front of diplayed Airbnb logo in this illustration taken March 19, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

(Reuters) – While the coronavirus pandemic has frozen global travel and hit the travel industry hard, data from home-sharing startup Airbnb Inc shows the number of domestic bookings in China for the first half of April were up more than 200% compared with the same period in March.

Data from AirDNA, a separate analytics firm, showed the number of bookings for the week of April 13 in 10 big Chinese cities, including Shanghai and Guangzhou, were up nearly

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Booking Holdings CEO on bout with coronavirus: ‘Nothing to laugh about’

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The outlook for online travel is cloudy at best. There is no certainty as to when travel restrictions will be lifted as more U.S. states call for citizens to stay at home and coronavirus cases continue to climb.

Booking Holdings CEO Glenn Fogel told CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” Thursday, “I think people are scared. It is very natural right now … People are much more concerned in terms of their immediate needs.

“You have people that are more concerned about, ‘am I going to have a job’? They’re thinking about that a lot more than, ‘am I going to

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