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Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky foresees a travel spike at year's end as workers cash in a flood of use-it-or-lose-it paid time off.

Driving the news: "We're going to be entering ... a new golden age of travel, where suddenly people ... have a record accrual of PTO and they've been landlocked," Chesky told me during a wide-ranging interview for "Axios on HBO."

Chesky shared exclusive Airbnb polling of 7,500 consumers in five big markets — U.S., Mexico, U.K., France, Australia — from Sept. 20-26.

  • The most interesting finding: Around half of people are in danger of losing PTO by year's end.

A data point on flexible work: 64% of people polled by Airbnb said they're interested in living away from the company, then traveling to the office occasionally.

  • Remote work is turning out to be Airbnb's friend: People are booking three-or four-day weekends, then working from the Airbnb on, say, Friday or Monday. And they can work all summer from an Airbnb.
  • Chesky said half of Airbnb business now consists of stays longer than a week. A fifth of the business comes from stays longer than a month.
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More companies are bowing to unprecedented calls to conduct "racial audits." Now there's a new playbook — backed by the likes of former American Express CEO Ken Chenault and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund's Sherrilyn Ifill — for how they should do it.

Why it matters: Shareholders are newly demanding that businesses evaluate if and how they perpetuate racism. But how those inventories are done is left up to the companies, stoking fears such reviews will be watered down.

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Israel has shared intelligence over the past two weeks with the U.S. and several European allies suggesting that Iran is taking technical steps to prepare to enrich uranium to 90% purity — the level needed to produce a nuclear weapon, two U.S. sources briefed on the issue tell me.

Why it matters: Enriching to 90% would bring Iran closer than ever to the nuclear threshold. The Israeli warnings come as nuclear talks resume in Vienna, with Iran returning to the negotiating table on Monday after a five-month hiatus.

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President Biden on Monday said that the new coronavirus variant, Omicron, is "a cause for concern, not a cause for panic."

Driving the news: Biden said later this week the administration will be releasing a strategy on how "we're going to fight COVID this winter. Not with shutdowns or lockdowns, but with more widespread vaccinations, boosters, testing and more."