Today is an exciting day for the Airbnb community, as we announced that Paris is now the top destination in the world for home sharing.
More than 40,000 Parisians are now opening their homes to respectful guests from around the world. These are regular people who make a little extra cash by sharing their homes with guests who want to experience this truly amazing city by living like a local. There also more Parisians travelling on Airbnb than in any other in any other city in the world.
More than 90 per cent of hosts in Paris have only one listing and more than 70 per cent are outside of the main tourist areas. Not only is this helping regular Parisians to stay in their homes and afford living costs, it is spreading the economic benefits of tourism to the far corners of this great city and helping visitors discover communities beyond the regular tourist hotspots.
In recognition of Paris embracing innovation and hospitality, we are pleased to announce that this year’s Airbnb Open will be held in Paris – the first time it has been held outside of San Francisco, Airbnb’s home city.
The Open is a fantastic event where our global host community can gather in one place and share tips and stories about hosting, hear from hospitality experts and together help shape future innovations in hospitality and travel. Around 6,000 Airbnb hosts from cities across the world are expected to attend the Open, which will take place from November 12-14.
The announcements were made yesterday at the City Hall in Paris by Brian Chesky, the CEO and co-founder of Airbnb, and Bruno Julliard, the First Deputy Mayor of Paris. He welcomed the news, saying:
“We are delighted that they [Airbnb] are continuing to support innovation in Paris by bringing their annual host gathering. This demonstrates the attractiveness of the French capital and its capacity to welcome international innovators.”
You can read more about this here.
Paris is a great example of what can happen when governments embrace innovation and provide clear legal frameworks for home sharing. They are now the world leader for home sharing and we look forward to working closely with the City as we continue our discussions on how we can simplify the collection of tourist taxes for our community.
More and more cities across the world are embracing home sharing and seeing the benefits it brings to hosts, guests and cities. We are proud so many Parisians are enjoying the benefits of this unique travel experience.