The Reason Thousands of Americans Are Booking Airbnbs in Ukraine

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By Lindsay Rogers Per a tweet from Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky, in the 48 hours between March 2 and March 3, more than 61,000 nights were booked in Ukraine, totaling nearly $1.9 million in stays. Of course, due to armed conflict (and COVID) there is a travel advisory in place and Americans currently in Ukraine have been advised to evacuate immediately. So why are so many flocking to the platform to secure accommodations? Quite simply, it is — at present — one of the most efficient means to get funds directly into the hands of Ukrainian locals. “A quick perusal on Airbnb reveals that many Ukraine l…

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