10,000 guests to stay in Airbnb properties for new year
The number of Airbnb guests in Ireland this New Year's Eve is expected to almost double on last year, the hospitality company has predicted.
Around 10,000 are expected to ring in 2017 in the Republic and half will stay in Dublin. The greatest number from outside Ireland will come from London.
Airbnb, founded in California in 2008, is a website which allows clients to list rooms in their house or whole properties to be rented by visitors for short stays, and is popular with holidaymakers seeking apartments.
A spokeswoman for Airbnb in Ireland said 10,000 guests were expected to stay in its properties this New Year's Eve, an increase of 82% on the same time last year.
She added: "Half of those will stay in Dublin where the average price for a private room is only 62 euro for the night."
Planners ruled earlier this year that an Airbnb apartment in Temple Bar required planning permission for short-term holiday lets.
While they can give travellers more choice than traditional options, local residents and campaigners have raised concerns about the frequent comings and goings by renters and servicing staff.
Globally, nearly two million guests will stay in Airbnb accommodation this new year.
Revellers will come from more than 200 countries and territories, and are travelling to nearly 200 countries and territories globally. The most popular countries travellers are staying in are the United States, followed by France, Australia, Spain and Great Britain.
New York will be the most popular destination.