May 31, 2018

Report: Airbnb benefits local economies more than chain hotels


Airbnb travelers engage with destinations through a more diverse set of activities than travelers who stay in traditional accommodations, the company claims.

In recent years, the unintended consequences of the global travel industry’s astonishing growth have inspired a dialogue about the tension between travelers and the places they visit. Questioning, exploring, and easing this tension have become more important than ever, especially in light of new technologies and innovation in the travel sector. New technologies have the potential to speed up processes that are detrimental to destinations; alternatively, technology may unlock new, healthy models for how travelers interact with destinations.

A new Airbnb report studies these phenomena. The report focuses on the rise of the sharing economy and explore the effects of Airbnb on traveler-destination interactions. It presents new global data on the ways in which Airbnb guests travel and the flow of benefits through a destination. And it presents local data from eight destinations, each in the midst of questioning its relationship with travel and tourism.

Download the full report at Airbnb (PDF 5.5 MB)