The New York Times posted a similar statement from the company in early March after it announced its purchase of HotelTonight. Many on Wall Street expect Airbnb to go public "as soon as June 30, 2019, but not later than late 2020," as TechCrunch reported last year.

The San Francisco company, with more than 3,000 employees, is among the most highly valued tech start-ups, often called "unicorns." The market has high hopes to see it and other unicorns go public, such as ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft.