Airbnb released the most popular dates for visitors in Houston in 2017. Led by major sporting events that drew visitors from around the world, nearly 162,000 guest arrivals were made to Houston using Airbnb last year.
“The weekends Houston hosted the Super Bowl and World Series games are great examples of how the Airbnb community helps cities scale accommodations to host an influx of visitors,“ said Laura Spanjian, Airbnb Public Policy Director for the Southwest. “And with more than 40 percent of Airbnb guest spending done in the neighborhood in which a guest stays, this drives dollars to businesses in neighborhoods that haven’t traditionally benefited from tourism.”
“And with more than 40 percent of Airbnb guest spending done in the neighborhood in which a guest stays, this drives dollars to businesses in neighborhoods that haven’t traditionally benefited from tourism.”
This year, Houstonians also welcomed displaced Hurricane Harvey survivors into their homes for $0 a night through the Airbnb Open Homes Disaster Response Program. All fees were waived, so those affected by the storm had free places to stay in the weeks immediately following the storm. More than 1,000 hosts in Texas and Louisiana offered $0 listings during the activation.
“We’re incredibly grateful to our community in Houston and throughout Texas for opening their homes for free to their neighbors after Hurricane Harvey,” Spanjian said. “It was inspiring to see neighbors helping neighbors throughout the city.”
Using booking data, Airbnb identified the top nights for guest arrivals in Houston, and the event associated with the arrival date. This illustrates how the Airbnb community creates a dynamic lodging supply that helps cities host a big increase in visitors for major events and holiday weekends.
Most popular nights of the year for Airbnb in Houston
|Guest arrival night||Total inbound guest arrivals||Corresponding event|
|February 5||5,900||Super Bowl Weekend|
|February 6||5,300||Super Bowl Weekend|
|February 4||4,200||Super Bowl Weekend|
|October 29||3,700||World Series Game 3|
|December 17||3,400||Baylor and University of Houston Commencement|