Airbnb, the popular digital platform specialized in offering accommodation to individuals and tourists, will fire 25% of its staff, some 1,900 workers, due to the impact of the coronavirus on your business, according to various US media.
The CEO, Brian Chesky, has called the workers to a digital meeting in which it plans to announce the dramatic cut in staff, caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
"We are collectively experiencing the most heartbreaking crisis of our lives and, as it began to unfold, global travel has come to a standstill," Chesky explained to employees, according to a copy of his comments published by CNBC.
"Airbnb's business has been hit hard, and This year's revenue is forecast to be less than half that of 2019"He added. The tourism sector has been the main affected by this crisis, as Chesky has recognized." Traveling in this new world will look different, and we need to evolve Airbnb accordingly, "he said.
The technology company aspired to achieve a valuation close to $ 30 billion on its IPO on Wall Street, but has instead issued a debt issue worth $ 2 billion to achieve liquidity, which has reduced its valuation to around 18,000 million.