As Airbnb hosts and guests in the nation’s capital look forward to 2018, the home sharing and hospitality platform is reflecting on the most popular dates for tourism in the District of Columbia during 2017 — including the top travel destinations for D.C. residents and the increase in visitors from the outside the U.S.
Using booking data between January and November 2017, Airbnb identified the following top nights for guest arrivals in the District of Columbia, and the special event associated with the arrival date:
Airbnb’s most popular D.C. nights in 2017
|Guest Arrival Night||Total Guest Arrivals in D.C.||Corresponding Event|
|January 20||9,500||Presidential Inauguration|
|November 11||7,800||Veterans Day|
|May 20||7,700||George Washington University and Georgetown University Commencement Weekend|
|October 21||7,700||Marine Corps Marathon|
|October 7||7,300||Washington Nationals vs Los Angeles Dodgers Playoff Game|
|April 1||6,900||Final Peak Bloom of the Cherry Blossom Season|
|June 10||6,700||D.C. Pride Weekend|
|April 21||6,700||Earth Day|
“Airbnb gives popular and culturally rich destinations like the District of Columbia an easy way to scale up accommodations for major events, serves tourists with options that are much more affordable than high-priced hotels, and exposes residents and local businesses to a diverse and growing travel community,” said William Burns, public policy director for Airbnb in D.C.
Airbnb also identified the following data on District residents and international tourists who used Airbnb to travel between January and November 2017:
- TOP DESTINATIONS: For the first time, Havana, Cuba was among the top 25 destinations for D.C. residents using Airbnb for their travel accommodations — joining New York City, Philadelphia, Paris, Los Angeles and New Orleans. Guest arrivals from the District to Havana totaled 6,000.
- INTERNATIONAL VISITORS: Between January 1 and November 30, a total of 84,000 international guest arrivals were made to D.C. — 25 percent more than the same time in 2016. London, Toronto, Paris, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, and Beijing rounded out the top cities of origin.
- GUEST AGE: District of Columbia residents between the age of 30 and 39 also traveled more frequently with 168,000 outbound guest arrivals. D.C. residents age 18 to 29 were the second largest group of outbound guests with 153,100 arrivals.
- SENIORS: Of the 406,000 outbound guest arrivals from D.C. using Airbnb, 11,000 were from residents age 60 and up.
- GROUP SIZE: With a total of 150,400 outbound guest arrivals, groups of two from D.C. were the top Airbnb users. Groups of four were second with 58,200 outbound arrivals from the District.