Airbnb boosts economy


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.

About Airbnb

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.

International stats

  • 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