Belfast Telegraph

Airbnb's 132,000 Northern Ireland guests spent £53m

Airbnb has released it's first UK Insight Report containing figures regarding the Airbnb community across the UK and Northern Ireland.

In Northern Ireland, figures show there has been 132,000 guest arrivals booked through Airbnb since July 2016.

The Airbnb community generates an estimated £53million for local residents in Northern Ireland.

Across the UK as a whole there has been inbound guest growth of 81% since July 2016, generating an estimated £3.46 billion for local residents.

The UK has continued to grow as a destination on Airbnb since July 2016, with inbound guest growth of 81% spread across all 12 regions. This generates an estimated £3.46 billion in economic activity for local communities across the nations, including £53 million for residents in Northern Ireland.

In the last year, Northern Ireland represented the UK's fastest growing Airbnb visitor destination with 132,000 guests contributing to a 144% growth rate.

James McClure, General Manager for Northern Europe, said: "The UK continues to break records on Airbnb - both as a world-leading destination, and for the benefits that hosting generates for local families and their communities.

From Exeter to Edinburgh, millennials to seniors, apartments to tree houses, there’s something for everyone on Airbnb and locals have helped countless global guests feel at home in the UK."

Mr McClure added: "Hosts are ambassadors for their neighbourhoods and we look forward to seeing guests discover more unique, diverse and welcoming communities across the UK."

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