Today, we are highlighting new data about the Airbnb community in Belgium. It shows that Airbnb helps grow and diversify tourism in Belgium, allows regular people to earn additional income to help make ends meet, and helps them experience the world.
Airbnb hosts in Belgium have been welcoming guests into their homes since 2009. In the past year alone, 10,400 listings were booked by guests wanting to experience Belgium like a local. Airbnb hosts are providing guests with authentic and local travel experiences and earning a little extra money to help pay the bills.
Here are some highlights from the report:
Airbnb helps grow and diversify tourism in Belgium. In one year, 350,700 guests used Airbnb to visit Belgium, and 90 percent of guests were international. The average length of stay was 2.9 days.
Airbnb hosts are regular members of the community. The typical Airbnb host in Belgium is 40 years old. They share their home for 36 days a year and earn an additional €2,300 a year.
Hosting on Airbnb helps local residents pay the bills and make ends meet.More than half of Airbnb hosts say the additional income they make by sharing their space helps them make ends meet. Almost half of Airbnb hosting income is used for regular household expenses.
Airbnb helps Belgian residents experience the world. Almost 450,000 local residents used Airbnb for their international and domestic trips.
You can see the full report here, including individual reports for Brussels, Flanders and Wallonia.
Earlier this year, Flanders introduced draft legislation to embrace home sharing, and we are proud to be working with policy makers on modern rules to support regular people who rely on this income.
But today’s report shows that Airbnb brings tremendous economic, social and environmental benefits to everyone in Belgium. We want to work with policymakers – in all regions of Belgium – on clear and simple rules for home sharing. By working together, we can help more people to experience Belgium like a local and support more working families to earn a little extra money to help pay the bills.