Detroit has always been a special city for Airbnb. With the partnership of Mayor Mike Duggan, the Detroit host community in Detroit is supporting the ongoing renaissance of the Motor City. In 2016 alone, Detroiters welcomed 27,000 guests to Detroit via Airbnb, while earning over $3.2 million in the process. Those guests helped infuse a $10.5 million economic impact within the city, including neighborhoods that do not typically benefit from tourism revenue.
Chris Lehane — Airbnb’s head of global policy & communications — recently traveled to Detroit to see firsthand what makes the local host community so special. Over 50 Detroit hosts from nearly every neighborhood in the city convened to share experiences and break bread. Local State Senator Ian Conyers even stopped by to commend the hosts for their role in elevating Detroit’s global brand.
The attendees were split evenly among Hosts who share their homes to guests and Experience Hosts, who provide authentic, behind-the-scenes guides to the city. Detroit is one of 12 launch markets for Airbnb Trips, allowing Detroiters to transition from being able to share their homes to sharing their entire city. The platform will empower local Experience Hosts to lead unique and authentic experiences to visitors hoping to fully immerse themselves into the local culture. Experience Host EttaFLYY even catered the event with her soul food specialty!
Airbnb will continue to invest in Detroit and help catalyze the city’s historic comeback. In fact, Lehane took the opportunity to announce the platform’s plan to double that economic impact to $20 million in 2017. It’s a big goal worthy of a burgeoning city.