When guests visit Queensland, they look for places to explore, shop and dine locally with 98 percent of Airbnb hosts suggesting local restaurants, cafes, bars and shops in their neighbourhoods. This assists local businesses which generally rely on foot traffic and residents who live in the area.
According to a 2017 Deloitte Economic Impact Report, Airbnb guests are estimated to have spent $330.8 million while visiting Queensland in 2015-16, generating $217.4 million in value added to the Queensland economy.
Another way the local host community supports local businesses is by speaking with their favourite shops and restaurants and providing them with a sticker of appreciation and recommendation to display at their shop front or counter.
At a recent home sharing club meeting, Gold Coast hosts learned about the program which reaches out to small business owners. Gold Coast host Nadine said:
“The program is about reaching out to local small business owners, getting to know them better, telling them why we love their business, and offering to pop a sticker on their window – identifying them as recommended by an Airbnb host!
“A lot of hosts have already formed connections with their local business owners, and the more we can do to strengthen that bond, the better for everyone.
“The evening was also an opportunity for hosts to get together and share ideas. There was a wealth of information in the room and it was wonderful to have this interaction with other hosts.”
Hosts Nadine , Sharon and Emma from Airbnb at the Small Business Outreach presentation in the Gold Coast.
In the home sharing club in Brisbane, local host Ben said: “As an Airbnb host, I am open to trying new things and meeting new people.
“I think the Home sharing club would be a great resource and valuable support network for all of us hosts in the local Airbnb community.”