Airbnb boosts economy
The benefits of growth to the local community are enormous. With 39,000 listings in the UK alone, our UK Economic Impact Study (Jan 2014) revealed that:
- Airbnb generated £502m ($824m) in economic activity in 1 year and supported 11,629 jobs.
- 80% of Airbnb hosts in the UK rent out only the home in which they live.
- 63% of hosts say that their Airbnb income helped them to pay bills they would otherwise struggle to pay.
- 53% use their Airbnb income to pay their energy bills and 44% said this income helped them afford to stay in their homes.
These positive changes can be seen through our host community itself. We have a number of localized host case studies from Cardiff to support this:
- Claire is a young professional who enjoys the extra income from her Airbnb earnings and the opportunity to meet people from all around the world.
- Maureen is a mosaic artist who lives with her partner, an Argentinian artist & language teacher. The flexible model of hosting on Airbnb has allowed her to pursue her passion & freelance career.
Founded in August of 2008, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodation around the world – online or from a mobile phone. Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 34,000 cities and 190 countries. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetize their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions.
- Total number of guests that have stayed with Airbnb – over 30 million
- Total number of listings globally – 1 million in over 190 countries. Including 80,000 villas, 4,000 castles (in over 40 countries), 9,000 boats and 2,800 tree houses