As accommodation bookings take a hit due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many providers in the short-term rental industry are pivoting their models to focus on longer-term stays.

Airbnb promoted its shift to extended stays earlier this month and last week announced that it will have more than one million listings that offer monthly stays.

The home-share giant says it has seen an uptick in long-term stays since 2019 – when one in every seven nights booked was for a longer-term stay and the number of available long-tern stay listings grew 30% – but the COVID-19 crisis is contributing to the current surge.