Airbnb, the world’s leading community-driven hospitality company, announced today that its Florida host community has surpassed the ten-figure mark by earning a combined $1.2 billion in supplemental income while welcoming approximately 6.6 million guests to the state in 2019.
The incredibly high numbers mirror the record-setting pace of travel and tourism in Florida. The top weekends for Airbnb guests traveling to Florida included the end-of-year holidays, Fourth of July and Spring Break.
“Last year demonstrated another strong year of growth for Airbnb in the Sunshine State as more Florida homeowners than ever embraced the incredible economic opportunity that home sharing offers, and guests took advantage of unique and affordable options on the platform,” said Tom Martinelli, Florida Policy Director for Airbnb. “As Florida starts the year with a massive travel event in the Big Game, Airbnb is proud to help facilitate the travel of tens of thousands of people, while supporting and bolstering the state’s economy.”
Along with helping hosts earn important supplemental income, Airbnb also helps generate revenue for local economies around the world. According to an Airbnb survey of more than 35,000 responses from our host and guest community in the United States**:
- 92 percent of Airbnb hosts say they recommend restaurants and cafes to guests.
- 56 percent of Airbnb hosts say they recommend cultural activities such as museums, festivals, and historical sites to guests.
- 55 percent of Airbnb hosts say hosting has helped them afford their homes.
- On average, Airbnb guests say 41 percent of their spending occurs in the neighborhood where they stay.
Unlike other business models that siphon the money they generate out of communities, Airbnb activity directly benefits the communities our hosts call home. Since Airbnb was founded, hosts keep 97 percent and have earned over $65 billion sharing their homes, that many use to pay the bills and pursue their passions.
In addition, in 2019, Airbnb reached a landmark cumulative $2 billion in tourist-related taxes that have been collected and remitted to local governments on behalf of our global host community over the past four years.
What follows is an overview of 2019 guest arrivals and total host income for the top-10 counties in Florida.
Airbnb is one of the world’s largest marketplaces for unique, authentic places to stay and things to do, offering over 7 million accommodations and 40,000 handcrafted activities, all powered by local hosts. An economic empowerment engine, Airbnb has helped millions of hospitality entrepreneurs monetize their spaces and their passions while keeping the financial benefits of tourism in their own communities. With more than half a billion guest arrivals to date, and accessible in 62 languages across 191 countries and regions, Airbnb promotes people-to-people connection, community and trust around the world.