Airbnb and New York State Parks: An economic engine for the Empire State

From Niagara Falls to Jones Beach, New York State Parks have something for everyone — and home sharing is making visiting them more convenient than ever before which benefits the hosts and small businesses that call these communities home.

Last year, New York State Parks received 69.3 million visitors, a six percent increase over 2015 and a 21 percent increase since 2011.

As visitors to parks in increased, a new report being released by Airbnb, finds that hosts near eight profiled state parks were able to earn nearly $12.5 million in supplemental income from hosting — an increase of 421 percent since 2014.

Other key findings include:

  • 1,650 Airbnb hosts within 15 miles of the eight profiled parks had at least one booking in 2016, nearly four times more than in 2014.
  • These hosts welcomed 85,000 travelers in 2016, up 455 percent since 2014.
  • These guests stayed nearly 234,000 nights in 2016, up 420 percent since 2014.
  • In 2016, the median income of hosts from hosting near these parks ranged from $2,800 for Green Lakes State Park to $9,100 near Watkins Glen State Park.
  • In 2016, the average length of stay by Airbnb guests near these parks ranged from 2.2 nights at Niagara Falls State Park to 4.3 nights near Jones Beach State Park.

While most major hotel chains have not made an investment in rural areas — home sharing is able to support the increase visitors from everywhere from downstate to other countries.

Airbnb is proud to help more visitors, from downstate or around the world, experience these parks that represent one of the great assets of New York — and serve as an economic engine for cities and towns in every region of the state.

Read the full report