Airbnb says Delaware hosts offer needed rooms during busy travel weekends

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Airbnb announced that its Delaware host community earned a combined $8.4 million in income while welcoming approximately 25,500 guest arrivals for the five biggest guest arrival weekends in 2019 statewide. This included peak summer travel weekends.

“2019 was another great year for Airbnb in Delaware, with more local residents embracing the economic opportunities offered by home sharing — and small businesses and entire communities benefiting as a result,” said Kelley Gossett, head of public policy for Airbnb in Delaware. “As we dive into this new year, we are especially proud of the important role that our hosts have played in creating additional accommodations supply during the state’s top travel weekends while leveraging this demand to earn supplemental income. We hope that these insights will help Delawareans who are looking to open up their home as a short-term rental in identifying some of the best times of the year to do so.”

During the five biggest weekends of 2019, Airbnb hosts in Delaware earned $8.4 million. These weekends in 2019 included:

2019 Weekend Dates

Total Guest Arrivals

Total Host Earnings

Upcoming 2020 Weekend Dates

August 9-11, 2019

5,300

$1.8 million

August 7-9, 2020

August 16-18, 2019

5,100

$1.6 million

August 14-16, 2020

August 2-4, 2019

5,100

$1.7 million

July 31-August 2, 2020

July 19-21, 2019

5,000

$1.7 million

July 17-19, 2020

July 26-28, 2019

5,000

$1.6 million

July 24-26, 2020

Airbnb says its community provides value through expanded lodging capacity for Delaware communities when hotels sell out during big events, such as graduation weekends.During the summer of 2019 alone, Rehoboth Beach alone welcomed a record number of Airbnb guests during Memorial Day Weekend, its biggest night ever for Airbnb guest arrivals.

Along with helping hosts earn important supplemental income, Airbnb also helps generate revenue for local economies around the world. According to an Airbnb survey of more than 35,000 responses from our host and guest community in the United States:

  • 92 percent of Airbnb hosts say they recommend restaurants and cafes to guests.

  • 56 percent of Airbnb hosts say they recommend cultural activities such as museums, festivals, and historical sites to guests.

  • 55 percent of Airbnb hosts say hosting has helped them afford their homes.

  • On average, Airbnb guests say 41 percent of their spending occurs in the neighborhood where they stay.

Hosts keep 97 percent and have earned over $65 billion sharing their homes.

In addition, in 2019, Airbnb reached $2 billion in tourist-related taxes that have been collected and remitted to local governments on behalf of our global host community over the past four years.

Taxes remain a bone of contention with the hotel industry. Hotels are now paying upwards of 11 percent in lodging taxes. Legislators and local communities have made no move toward taxing Airbnb stays.

The hotel industry also claims Airbnb and similar services do not always have individuals renting out a room or holiday home. Instead, some landlords have assembled dwelling units that operate as unlicensed hotels.

County breakdown

County

Total 2019 Guest Arrivals

Total 2019 Host Income

Kent

4,900

$500,000

New Castle

16,200

$2.4 million

Sussex

88,300

$17.4 million

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