Global short term rental bookings through Airbnb and Vrbo are rebounding strongly after hitting rock bottom in early April – approaching pre-COVID levels, according to AirDNA.

New Zealand, Germany, France, US and Australia lead the recovery trajectory with overall bookings growth of 127% in the six weeks from April 5, when “vacation rental bookings found rock bottom,” an AirDNA report revealed.

“As of May 18th, they’d remarkably rebounded close to pre-COVID levels. There were just over 916,000 total bookings (both Airbnb and Vrbo) made during the week of April 5th, the week of May 18th saw over 2.08 million.”

In Australia, bookings surged 189% with NSW leading the way. Demand is being driven by Sydney consumers booking destinations within a couple of hours drive of Australia’s largest city

The NSW South Coast, Central Coast, Hunter Region, Blue Mountains and Byron Bay were all in the  Top 10 Australasian destinations for bookings.

Queenstown, New Zealand, topped the list.

No other Australian states made the cut.

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