More Irish Airbnb users opting for staycations as guests generate over €500m for locals
The Airbnb community has generated an estimated €506m for residents and businesses in Ireland in the year to November 2017.
According to the firm's first Irish insights report, we have enjoyed an inbound guest growth of 63pc and a typical host here earns around €3,500 annually (average listing being shared for 37 nights).
The data reveals that every region in Ireland now has at least 400 active spare room and entire home listings, as more hosts are happy to share their space to boost their income.
The numbers of listings reach 8,500 in Dublin County, and the vast majority of Airbnb hosts (70pc) rent out their primary home.
The report finds that guests using the platform also contribute to the local economy, spent an average of €111 per day (this increases to an average of €129 in Dublin).
Almost half (41pc) of the spending by guests takes place in the neighbourhood where they are staying.
In terms of guest growth, the fastest growing destinations (measured by inbound guest growth) were the North-West (101pc) and the Midlands (87pc).
In the insights report, the average age of the host was found to be 45 years old, and has lives in their neighbourhood for 26 years.
Aisling Hassell, Ireland Site Lead and Global Head of Customer Experience, said that "Ireland’s vibrant communities and unique hospitality have continued to bring more visitors to the country than ever before, with hosts right across the country benefitting from record breaking growth in guest arrivals on Airbnb".
"From Westmeath to Wexford, millennials to seniors, and castles to treehouses, there’s something for everyone on Airbnb."
Airbnb was used by 676,000 Irish guests over the last year, a rise of 98pc with at least 17pc of those guests opting for a staycation in Ireland.