Short-term rental market crisis management during the COVID-19 pandemic: Stakeholders' perspectives

Int J Hosp Manag. 2022 Apr;102:103147. doi: 10.1016/j.ijhm.2022.103147. Epub 2022 Jan 12.


Contingency plans and crisis management strategies have been implemented by the short-term rental industry to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. This paper examines the strategies adopted by three key groups of stakeholders: short-term rental platforms (e.g. Airbnb,, service providers (represented by property management companies and short-term rental associations) and policymakers/tourism experts. The professional service providers, in particular, constitute a significant share of the short-term rental industry, but have not received much scholarly attention. In this respect, our study fills this gap by bringing attention to unexplored segments of the short-term rental industry. By examining and comparing the responses from these key groups, the paper contributes to the ongoing research about the workings of the short-term rental industry and its responses to the COVID-19 crisis.

Keywords: Airbnb;; COVID-19; Crisis management; Short-term rentals; Stakeholders.