Toronto Airbnb hosts gather for a merchant walk around Kensington

While Toronto has always been a destination for tourists and business travellers alike, Airbnb’s presence across all 44 wards is bringing travellers to corners of the city that do not typically reap the economic benefits of tourism.  

Over the last year, Airbnb brought close to  220,000 visitors to the City of Toronto, contributing more than $ 230 million to the local economy. In 2015, Airbnb visitors spent more that $100 million in Toronto restaurants alone.

To show our support for some of our favourite small businesses in Toronto, we recently led a merchant walk through Kensington Market. Hosts who live in the area joined us as we stopped by local eateries and cool shops to sample the local flavour.

Kensington residents and hosts met up with Airbnb community organizers Sta and Maeve in Bellevue Square Park.

Walking over over to our first stop, Ka Chi Restaurant, a local Korean spot.

Outside of Ka Chi Restaurant, located in Chinatown.

Ka Chi Restaurant staff enjoy a meal with us!

Giving Alyssa, owner of Ka Chi Restaurant, a Community-Loved Local Business award and a gift. Alyssa signed our Small Business Letter, showing her support for Airbnb in Toronto.

Walking through the colorful markets in the Chinatown/Kensington area. On our way to our next stop, Rasta Pasta!

At Rasta Pasta with owner, Mary. While signing the small business letter, she told about the history behind the Italian/Jamaican fusion eatery.

At Kid Icarus, a screen print studio, we met with Bianca, the owner. She signed the small business letter and gave our hosts a little tour.

Mika, owner of culinary bookstore, Good Egg, shared some holiday gift ideas with our hosts.

We capped off the evening with some libations at Supermarket.

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