Ohio Airbnb Hosts Earned $17.5 Million, Welcomed 130,000 People in 2016
Airbnb, the world’s leading community driven hospitality company, announced today that its Ohio host community earned a combined $17.5 million in supplemental income while welcoming approximately 130,000 people to the state in 2016.
The 130,000 guest arrivals to the Buckeye State via Airbnb represents an astounding 173 percent year-over-year growth. This comes as Ohioans increasingly embrace the home sharing platform as an opportunity to earn supplemental income and make ends meet. Airbnb’s Ohio host community more than doubled in size in 2016, growing 129 percent to 4,300 people. And the fastest growing demographic nationally among Airbnb hosts are senior women.
The incredible growth in hosts and guest arrivals are byproducts of the major home sharing developments to occur in the state in 2016. Airbnb collaborated with Cuyahoga County in March on an agreement that allows the company to collect and remit lodging taxes on behalf of its hosts, infusing a new revenue stream to the County. The company followed that up with a similar deal with the City of Cleveland in June. This paid quickly paid dividends as Airbnb’s Cleveland host community helped the City substantially expand lodging capacity for the NBA Finals, World Series and Republican National Convention. Between Cuyahoga and Cleveland, Airbnb has now collected and remitted a total of $300,000 in taxes to the local governments on behalf of its hosts.
What follows is an overview of 2016 guest arrivals and total host income, broken down by the top 12 home sharing cities in Ohio:
|City||Total 2016 Guest Arrivals||Total 2016 Host Income