Saturday 22 July 2017

6,100 in capital have rented out space on Airbnb in the past year

A new report says that 403,500 Dublin visitors stayed in Airbnb properties in the capital last year, with typical hosts earning an average of €4,900. Photo: AFP/GETTY
A new report says that 403,500 Dublin visitors stayed in Airbnb properties in the capital last year, with typical hosts earning an average of €4,900. Photo: AFP/GETTY

Ian Begley

In the past year alone, 6,100 Airbnb hosts welcomed more than 400,000 guests to their homes across Dublin county.

A new report says that 403,500 visitors to Dublin stayed in Airbnb properties in the capital last year, with typical hosts earning an average of €4,900.

An overall €273m generated includes an estimated €221m of guest spending and €52m earned by Airbnb hosts.

"Airbnb allows families to boost their income by sharing vacant space in their home. Hosts provide great experiences for guests, spreading visitors and benefits beyond tourist hotspots," Aisling Hassell, global head of customer experience at Airbnb, said.

But while the economy, tourists and property owners are seeing the benefits from Airbnb, the online accommodation service has not evaded stark criticism in recent times.

Deputy Pat Casey complained in the Dáil this month that property owners renting out apartments on Airbnb long-term while homeless people were in hotels was "a complete reversal of what should be happening".

Irish Independent

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