The new year opens with the pandemic in full force. Many are hopeful that our world will return to ‘normal’. But, the future will most definitely be different than what we experienced in the past. The live/work/play trends, which started pre-Covid and accelerated in 2020, will go mainstream this year. Our neat categories for living, working, or playing spaces will be disrupted. The future is about choice, flexibility, and repurposed space.
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How Co-Living Communities Will Replace Our Empty Offices
In 2021 we will increasingly work and socialize in connected local communities. Cities such as London, Paris and New York are exploring new ways of urban living. Conversion of office space into residential hubs will follow, with these spaces supporting wider community activities. In the rental sector, forward-thinking landlords are moving towards occupancy from cradle to grave. Inter-generational living, collective living based on individual space and shared experiences, and “soft city” are terms to watch.
Airbnb Cancelled Some Hate-Group Members’ DC Reservations and Plans to Do More
According to Airbnb, this isn’t a new stance for the company: it has banned 1.4 million users from its platform for refusing to accept the company’s standards, which explicitly ban “Members of dangerous organizations, including terrorist, organized criminal, and violent racist groups.
New All-Suite Boutique Hotel Opens in Austin with Perks of Airbnb and Hotel Amenities
Located in Austin’s trendy Soco district, The Colton House Hotel introduces “a brand new hotel category to Austin with an all-suite based model that blends the perks of an Airbnb stay with modern hotel amenities.” It offers 80 suites range from 460 – 1,170 square feet with a full modern kitchenette, living room, and many include in-room washers and dryers. Property hotel amenities include a lounge, large outdoor space with firepit and swimming pool, club room, library, and fitness center.
Austin, Denver, Chicago are the Top Destinations Americans Moved to in 2020
Many Americans still relocated to other cities amid the coronavirus pandemic last year according to a report from moving company Allied Van Lines. Austin remained the top destination city two years in a row while Florida was the top destination state, followed by Texas.
Jurny Enters European Vacation Rental Market with London Location
The hospitality tech company will integrate its proprietary technology to streamline operations at Clockwork Group’s property located in London’s historic Square Mile. Jurny’s growth has been fueled by increased demand for tech-enabled and contactless solutions to accommodate modern travel requirements and improve operational efficiencies.
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