Airbnb, the world’s leading community driven hospitality company, announced today that Los Angeles County was the #1 destination in California last year. The company’s host community earned a combined $613 million in supplemental income while welcoming approximately 2.7 million guest arrivals in 2018.
This comes as Los Angeles County residents increasingly embrace the home sharing platform as an opportunity to earn supplemental income and make ends meet. There are now over 27,000 Los Angeles County hosts who share their homes via Airbnb, typically earning about $11,400 annually in supplemental income.
Statewide, Airbnb hosts earned $2 billion in revenue and welcomed 9 million guest arrivals. In addition to the new income going into the pockets of Airbnb hosts, cities and counties are generating new revenue through tax agreements that allow Airbnb to collect and remit the local taxes on behalf of its hosts. In 2018 Airbnb hosts remitted more than $115 million in taxes to cities and counties in California. In the City of Los Angeles, Airbnb hosts have remitted more than $100 million since August 2016.
Airbnb also significantly expanded Experiences throughout California in 2018, offering handcrafted activities led by local experts in cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and more. Airbnb Experiences is creating new economic opportunities for California residents by allowing them to unlock their talents and interests and make money from them, catering to the hundreds of millions of people that use Airbnb’s platform to discover unique and authentic travel experiences. Experiences is expected to expand further in California in 2019, and the Experiences currently available can be found here.
What follows is an overview of 2018 guest arrivals and total host income, broken down by county.
|County||Total 2018 Guest Arrivals||Total 2018 Host Income|
|Los Angeles||2.7 million||$613 million|
|San Diego||1 million||$213 million,|
|San Francisco||392,000||$143 million|
|Santa Clara||282,000||$90 million|
|San Bernardino||709,000||$84 million|
|San Mateo||258,000||$60 million|
|El Dorado||244,000||$38 million|
Founded in 2008, Airbnb’s mission is to create a world where people can belong through healthy travel that is local, authentic, diverse, inclusive and sustainable. Airbnb uniquely leverages technology to economically empower millions of people around the world to unlock and monetize their spaces, passions and talents to become hospitality entrepreneurs. Airbnb’s accommodation marketplace provides access to 5+ million unique places to stay in more than 81,000 cities and 191 countries. With Experiences, Airbnb offers unprecedented access to local communities and interests through 15,000 unique, handcrafted activities run by hosts across 1,000+ cities around the world. Airbnb’s people-to-people platform benefits all its stakeholders, including hosts, guests, employees and the communities in which it operates.