The economic impact of the Airbnb community across the state proved positive this summer as Airbnb hosts earned $132 million and drew in 778,200 guests between Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
“With more guest arrivals this summer than ever before, hosts and small businesses are receiving an economic boost from this expanded tourism economy and the state is receiving additional tax revenue as a result of this growth,” said Laura Spanjian, Airbnb senior policy director for the Northwest. “As we look ahead to fall, we remain committed to working communities around the state to ensure short-term rentals continue contributing to the Washington economy.”
The top five city destinations for guests to Washington were, in order: Seattle, Spokane, Port Angeles, Bellingham, Leavenworth, and Tacoma.
With more than six million listings in more than 191 countries and 100,000 cities, Airbnb has a home for every kind of trip. In addition to helping hosts earn important supplemental income (hosts keep 97 percent of what they charge), Airbnb also helps generate revenue for local economies. In fact, according to an Airbnb survey, Airbnb guests said, on average, 41 percent of their spending occurs in the neighborhood where they stay.