Update from Amsterdam

Earlier this year, I shared some exciting news from Amsterdam where the City gave final approval to a new policy that embraces home sharing. Today, I’m pleased to announce that we are strengthening our partnership with the City and that we will work together to promote responsible home sharing in Amsterdam and to simplify the payment of tourist tax for our hosts.

The details of this partnership, which is the first of its kind in Europe, can be found here.

This is good news for our hosts, who will benefit from a simplified tourist tax process and clearer information on what local laws and regulations may apply to them.

It is also a great example of how we are working together with policy makers across the world on progressive rules that strengthen cities and help local residents make a little extra money to afford living costs.

We are excited by the growing list of destinations that are embracing home sharing and the benefits it offers.

Major Step Forward for Home Sharing in San Jose, California

Today, California’s third most populous city joined the ranks of innovative cities around the world that embrace home sharing and the benefits it brings to communities.

Policymakers in San Jose’s Planning and Economic Development Departments spent months researching emerging trends in the peer-to-peer economy as well as efforts by other cities to modernize local regulations. Using this data-driven analysis, San Jose officials developed an ordinance reflecting their position as a cutting edge city in the heart of Silicon Valley – balancing new technologies and economic trends with sensible neighborhood-focused rules.

We applaud San Jose leaders for adopting a policy that clarifies existing codes and explicitly allows hosts to share their own homes. The result is a simple, seamless process for the City and its residents.

The home sharing community in San Jose is contributing to a new economy—a creative and sustainable economy that supports households, grows and diversifies tourism and expands economic opportunity. Most hosts in San Jose are simply sharing the home they live in, earning an average of $7,100 a year. This modest but significant amount of income helps many Airbnb hosts pay the bills and make ends meet.

Additionally, many hosts live outside the neighborhoods where traditional hotels are located.  This drives tourism dollars to local businesses that haven’t benefited from tourism in the past and puts money directly in the pockets of San Jose residents.

Acknowledging these local benefits, policymakers approved sensible legislation enabling hosts to share the extra space in their home when they are present year-round, and 180 days a year when they are not in their home. Importantly, the law focuses on keeping the new rules for home sharing clear and simple so that hosts can participate in the regulatory process.

We are also excited to share we are finalizing a voluntary agreement with the city to streamline the process around the collection and remittance of hotel taxes. Earlier this year we launched similar initiatives in San Francisco and Portland, and we look forward to working with San Jose as we expand this program. We will provide more details as this process moves forward.

San Jose’s legislation and process provides an instructive model for cities around the world as they develop balanced approaches to embracing innovation.

Airbnb and the Berlin housing market

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Several months ago, I wrote about some new, confusing legislation governing housing in Berlin. After this legislation was passed, we asked renowned housing expert Daniel Hofmann from GEWOS to conduct research to determine whether home sharing was having a negative impact on the availability of housing in Berlin.

Today, the research is in and it found that Airbnb and home sharing has no significant impact on housing prices or the number of available of properties in Berlin. Here are some of the key findings:

Only 0.06% of housing units in Berlin are booked for more than 120 days a year through Airbnb.

90% of all Berlin Airbnb hosts offer only one property.

The typical Airbnb host in Berlin earns €2,520 a year and 41% say this income helps them stay in their homes and afford living expenses.

Hofmann concluded:

“The tiny fraction of homes listed on Airbnb is far too small to have any significant impact on the availability of housing in Berlin. The tense housing market is a complex problem that is being driven by migration and a lack of new homes being built – not people sharing their homes through Airbnb.”

This study further confirms what we have always known – Airbnb hosts are regular people who occasionally share the home in which they live to make a little extra income and help with living costs. Berliners who share their space on Airbnb aren’t removing apartments from the market — they are sharing the home in which they live and the city they love.

We know that our community has a positive impact on cities. We also care deeply about the affordability of housing and we’ve heard from countless Airbnb hosts who depend on home sharing to stay in their homes and pay their bills. We look forward to working with everyone in Berlin to make sure that home sharing continues to be part of the solution.

 

Airbnb und der Berliner Wohnungsmarkt

Vor einigen Monaten habe ich berichtet, dass das Berliner Zweckentfremdungsverbot-Gesetz einige Unklarheiten im Bezug auf die Kurzzeitvermietung und deren Auswirkungen auf den Berliner Wohnungsmarkt enthält. Deshalb haben wir den renommierten Wohnungsmarkt-Experten Daniel Hofmann von GEWOS beauftragt, zu untersuchen, ob das Teilen von Wohnraum negative Auswirkungen auf die Verfügbarkeit von Wohnraum in Berlin hat.

Die Analyse zeigt, dass Airbnb und die Airbnb-Gastgeber keinen signifikanten Einfluss auf den Mietspiegel oder die zur Verfügung stehenden Wohnungen in Berlin haben. Hier sind einige der wichtigsten Ergebnisse:

Nur 0,06% der Wohneinheiten in Berlin werden mehr als 120 Tage im Jahr durch Airbnb vermietet.

90% der Berliner Airbnb-Gastgeber bieten nur eine Wohnung an.

Der typische Berliner Airbnb-Gastgeber verdient 2.520 € im Jahr und 41% der Gastgeber sagen, dass sie das Einkommen benötigen, um ihren Lebensunterhalt zu sichern.

Dazu sagt Daniel Hofmann von GEWOS:

“Der geringe Prozentsatz der Berliner Wohnungen, die auf Airbnb inseriert sind, ist viel zu klein, um einen signifikanten Einfluss auf die Verfügbarkeit von Wohnraum in Berlin zu haben. Der angespannte Wohnungsmarkt ist ein komplexes Problem, das von hohem Zuzug und zu geringem Wohnungsneubau geprägt ist – nicht von Berlinern, die ihr Zuhause auf Airbnb anbieten.”

Die Studie bestätigt, was wir immer vermutet haben – Airbnb-Gastgeber sind normale Menschen, die gelegentlich ihre eigene Wohnung, in der sie leben, teilen, um sich etwas dazu zu verdienen und einen Teil der Lebenshaltungskosten zu decken. Berliner, die ihren eigenen Wohnraum über Airbnb teilen, entziehen dem Markt keine Wohnungen — sie teilen ihr Zuhause, in dem sie leben und die Stadt, die sie lieben.

Wir wissen, dass unsere Gastgeber-Community einen positiven Einfluss auf Städte hat. Uns liegt am Herzen, dass der Berliner Wohnungsmarkt bezahlbar bleibt und wir kennen unzählige Airbnb-Gastgeber, die sich darauf verlassen, ihre Wohnung zu teilen und ihre Rechnungen bezahlen können. Wir freuen uns darauf, mit den Berliner Entscheidern daran zu arbeiten, dass das Teilen von Wohnraum weiterhin möglich ist.

Positive Impacts of Home Sharing in Los Angeles

Today, we released a new study highlighting the Airbnb community’s positive economic, social, and environmental impacts in Los Angeles. Conducted in conjunction with Land Econ Group, the study found Airbnb generated $312 million in economic activity in Los Angeles in one year and supported 2,600 jobs.

Airbnb hosts in Los Angeles reflect the diverse community in the city, with almost half working in the arts, entertainment and recreation occupations. The study shows how home sharing is helping Angelenos pursue creative careers, stay in their homes, and share the city they love with visitors from around the world. A significant percentage of hosts earn below the median household income, and nearly three quarters of all Airbnb hosts use the money they earn to stay in their homes.

Bill Lee, the Senior Parter at Land Econ Group, adds: “Airbnb creates a significant positive economic impact in Los Angeles by dispersing guest spending across neighborhoods and households throughout the city. Many hosts are aspiring stars in the entertainment industry, and the additional income from Airbnb is what allows them to keep their LA dreams alive.”

Similar to other cities, the study also shows that the Airbnb community in Los Angeles promotes a more environmentally sustainable way of traveling and helps build community across the city through ongoing cultural exchange.

Highlights from the study include:

Economic Impacts

  • Home sharing helps many Los Angeles residents make ends meet. The typical Airbnb host in Los Angeles earns $660 per month renting their home occasionally. 71% percent of hosts say this income has helped them stay in their homes.

  • Two thirds of Airbnb hosts are non- traditionally employed, with 34% saying that income from hosting has allowed them to support themselves while freelancing and 28% saying that income has helped them start a new business.

  • There are Airbnb properties in more than 80 neighborhoods across Los Angeles. 84% of Airbnb guests want to “live like a local.”

 Environmental Impacts

  • By staying in Airbnb properties instead of traditional accommodation options, Airbnb guests to Los Angeles over a one year period resulted in an estimated energy savings equivalent to 1,270 homes, water reduction of 18 Olympic-sized swimming pools, and greenhouse gas emissions reduction of 2,190 cars.

Social Impacts

  • 42% of Airbnb guests visiting Los Angeles come from outside of the United States, and 21% of Airbnb guests do not speak English as their primary language. In the past year, this resulted in hosts engaging with 28,100 guests who spoke a different primary language than they do.

  • 62% of hosts say home sharing has positively affected the way they interact with their community.

LA is the creative capital of the world, and we look forward to continuing to work with leaders on innovative steps to make the city a better place to live and visit.

Independent Report Urges UK to Embrace Sharing

A couple of months ago, we reported that the UK government was ambitious to take a lead in the growing global sharing economy.

Today sees the publication of the independent review that was commissioned to examine the potential of the sharing economy, and the barriers to its growth. It makes a series of recommendations that would represent a step-change in the regulatory framework for sharing economy platforms, and the people that use them. We think it is one of the most wide-ranging and inclusive reports written on the sharing economy to date.

Among its recommendations are that:

“The Government should embrace the opportunities offered by the sharing economy, both to make its own operations more efficient, and to make better use of public resources.”

“Regulations must be examined to ensure they are still fit for purpose and meet people’s expectations – particularly for accommodation and online task-sharing platforms.”

“We need to support start-ups in the sharing economy – by encouraging experimentation and innovation – and sharing what works.”

In his foreword to the report, Business Minister Matthew Hancock said :

“The UK is embracing new, disruptive business models and challenger businesses that increase competition and offer new products and experiences for consumers. Where other countries and cities are closing down consumer choice, and limiting people’s freedom to make better use of their possessions, we are embracing it.”

The report also calls on companies in the sharing economy “to set benchmarks and standards of service in order that consumers know what they can expect when they use these services.”

We agree.

At Airbnb, we’ve worked hard to build a community based on trust and we’ve developed leading safety and security features, including the $1m (£640,000) host guarantee, a secure online payment structure, 24/7 customer support and a global trust and safety team. We are committed to ensuring that our approach to safety, quality and host information continues to set the benchmark.

We want to build on these tools and work with the UK government to ensure the sharing economy can continue to thrive. Leaders in the UK have already signalled their intent to craft new rules for home sharing and we are excited by the UK Government’s readiness to back innovators and this new economic engine. We look forward to working with them and our fellow members of the sharing economy on putting this intent into action.

Safety and Airbnb

Yesterday, Steven Spinola, the President of the  Real Estate Board of New York expressed concerns about safety in Airbnb listings. We understand those concerns. The safety of hosts, guests and landlords is our top priority.

Today, after years of work, we proudly announced Host Protection Insurance. Airbnb already provide hosts with guidelines on how to make their listing safer and how to be a responsible neighbor. We are proud to lead on this issue, and the Host Protection Insurance Program is another step we are taking to help protect communities across the country.

Since 2008, more than 25 million guests have had a safe, memorable and positive experience traveling on Airbnb. We know that accidents are rare, but they can happen and we want our hosts be protected. Here is how the program works. If a guest is injured in a listing or elsewhere on the building property during a stay, liability insurance provides coverage for claims by Airbnb hosts and, where applicable, their landlords.

The Host Protection Insurance program is currently targeted to go into effect in the United States starting January 15, 2015 and is designed to cover claims up to $1 million.

This program is just one of the many ways Airbnb is working to protect our hosts and their surrounding communities. We look forward to discussing these further with REBNY and others in the future. 

New Poll: Barcelona Supports Home Sharing

Earlier this week, I wrote about the Airbnb community in Barcelona and talked about how we help bring responsible, respectful travelers to one of Europe’s most amazing cities. Today, we’re highlighting new polling data that shows that Barcelona residents believe home sharing and technology companies make their city and their community a better place to live and work. According to a new representative opinion poll:

  • Overall, 81 percent of Barcelona residents feel that tourism has a mostly or completely positive impact on Barcelona. Nearly 90 percent believe tourism helps the economy and 60 percent believe tourism has a positive impact on the quality of life.

  • 61 percent believe it should be legal for people to rent our houses, apartments or rooms to visitors on a short-term basis – for example, by sharing their home on Airbnb. 74 percent believe this activity can help regular people pay their bills.

  • 70 percent of Barcelona residents hold a favourable view of tech companies, while less than one in ten say they have an unfavourable view.

The citywide survey was conducted by David Binder Research from October 14th to 22nd, 2014 with a representative sample of 600 Barcelona voters. All respondents are residents of Barcelona. The margin of error is 4.1% citywide. Respondents were given the choice of whether to complete the survey in Spanish or in Catalan.

The survey confirms what we hear from Barcelona residents every day. They’ve seen how home sharing can help travelers skip the tourist traps and see the real Barcelona and they know that home sharing can help regular people pay their bills and stay in the home and the neighborhood they love. Our previous economic impact study found that Airbnb hosts spend 60 percent of their Airbnb income on important household expenses. 53 percent of Airbnb hosts say their Airbnb income has helped them stay in their homes. We strongly believe we can all work together to support home sharers and ensure the sharing economy continues to thrive.

We’re encouraged to see the government taking steps to develop new rules for the sharing economy and we look forward to working with everyone on clear, fair rules that make Barcelona an even better place to live, work and visit.

Airbnb Guests and Barcelona

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The Airbnb community brings enormous social and economic benefits to Barcelona. Previous studies have shown that Airbnb generated $175 million in economic activity in Barcelona in one year alone. The same study found that Airbnb guests are looking for local, authentic experiences in Barcelona. And when they get to Barcelona they stay longer and spend more.

Today, we’re releasing new data about Airbnb guests who visit Barcelona. The data helps confirm what we’ve known for years: Airbnb brings responsible, respectful travellers to Barcelona who want to experience one of the world’s most amazing cities. While they are here, they spend money at local businesses and with local residents who occasionally share their homes and use the money they earn to pay the bills. You can check it out the infographic here. Some of the highlights about Airbnb guests who visit Barcelona include:

  • The average age of Airbnb guests in Barcelona is 40

  • 60 percent of Airbnb guests are visiting Barcelona for the first time

  • 71 percent of Airbnb guests look for more amenities than a traditional hotel can provide

  • 85 percent have a college degree or higher degree

  • 20 percent would have spent less time in Barcelona if they weren’t staying in Airbnb

  • 72 percent say they want to live like a local

Airbnb guests say they are most interested in dining, exploring new neighborhoods and cultural tourism.

  • 66 percent spent the money they save on food and shopping

  • Half of the money they spend goes to businesses in the neighbourhood where they stay

Airbnb guests travel in small groups and they’re seeing the real Barcelona.

  • 83 percent of Airbnb guests travel with two or fewer people

As our community grows and changes, we will continue to share with you how Airbnb guests and hosts promote sustainable tourism in Barcelona. We look forward to working with leaders in Barcelona, and throughout Spain, on a constructive dialogue about the benefits of home sharing, and the need for smart rules and regulations that support innovation and growth.

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Els hostes d’Airbnb i Barcelona

La comunitat Airbnb porta beneficis socials i econòmics molt grans a Barcelona. Estudis previs han demostrat que Airbnb va generar 128 milions de euros d’activitat econòmica a Barcelona en només un any. El mateix estudi va mostrar que els hostes d’Airbnb estan buscant una experiència més local i autèntica a Barcelona i que, quan viatgen a la ciutat, s’hi queden més temps i gasten més diners.

Avui, anunciem noves dades sobre els hostes d’Airbnb que visiten Barcelona. La informació ajuda a confirmar el que hem sabut durant anys: Airbnb hi porta viatgers responsables i respectuosos i amb ganes d’experimentar una de les ciutats més increïbles del món.

Mentre són aquí, gasten diners en comerços del barri i amb residents locals que de vegades comparteixen casa seva i fan servir aquests diners per fer front a les despeses bàsiques. Pots consultar-ho en la infografia següent.

Algunes dades sobre els hostes d’Airbnb que visiten Barcelona:

  • L’edat mitjana dels viatgers és de 40 anys.

  • El 60% és la primera vegada que visita Barcelona.

  • El 71% està buscant més opcions de les que pot oferir un hotel.

  • El 85% té, com a mínim, un títol universitari.

  • El 20% hauria estat menys temps a Barcelona si no es quedés amb Airbnb.

  • El 72% vol viure durant la seva estada com un resident local.

Els hostes d’Airbnb diuen que estan més interessats a conèixer la gastronomia, explorar nous barris i el turisme cultural:

  • El 66% gasta els diners estalviats en menjar i compres.

  • La meitat dels diners gastats es dirigeix a establiments dels barris on s’allotgen.

Els hostes d’Airbnb viatgen en grups petits i coneixen la Barcelona més autèntica:

  • El 83% dels hostes d’Airbnb ha viatjat amb 2 persones o menys.

La nostra comunitat creix I evoluciona constantment. Seguirem oferint-te informació sobre com els hostes I els amfitrions d’Airbnb promouen un turisme sostenible a Barcelona. Esperemo poder treballar amb les administracions a Barcelona, Catalunya i Espanya per tal de crear un diàleg constructiu al voltant dels beneficis de compartir casa així com sobre la necessitat d’una regulació raonable que s’adapti a la innovació.

 

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Los huéspedes de Airbnb y Barcelona

La comunidad Airbnb trae grandes beneficios sociales y económicos a Barcelona. Estudios previos han demostrado que Airbnb generó 128 millones de euros de actividad económica en Barcelona en tan  solo  un año. El mismo estudio  mostró que los huéspedes de Airbnb están buscando una experiencia más local y auténtica en Barcelona y que cuando viajan a la ciudad se quedan más tiempo y gastan más dinero.

Hoy, anunciamos  nuevos datos sobre los huéspedes de Airbnb que visitan Barcelona. La información ayuda a confirmar lo que hemos sabido durante años: Airbnb atrae a viajeros responsables y respetuosos a Barcelona que quieren experimentar cómo es la vida en una de las ciudades más maravillosas del mundo.

Mientras están aquí, gastan dinero en comercios del barrio y se hospedan con residentes de Barcelona que ocasionalmente comparten el espacio que les sobra en sus casas y emplean ese dinero para hacer frente a los gastos básicos. Puedes consultarlo en  la siguiente infografía.

Algunos datos sobre los huéspedes de Airbnb que  visitan Barcelona:

  • La edad media de los viajeros es de 40 años

  • El 60% es la primera vez que visita Barcelona

  • El 71% está buscando más opciones de las que puede ofrecer un hotel

  • El 85% tiene al menos un título universitario

  • El 20% habría estado menos tiempo en Barcelona si no se quedasen con Airbnb

  • El 72% quiere vivir durante su estancia como un residente local

  • Los huéspedes de Airbnb dicen que están más interesados en conocer la gastronomía, explorar nuevos barrios y el turismo cultural:

  • El 66% gasta el dinero ahorrado en comida y compras

  • La mitad del dinero gastado se dirige a establecimientos delos barrios donde se alojan

Los huéspedes de Airbnb viajan en pequeños grupos y conocen la Barcelona más auténtica:

  • El 83% de los huéspedes de Airbnb han viajado con 2 personas o menos.

Nuestra comunidad crece y evoluciona constantemente. Seguiremos informándote de cómo los huéspedes y anfitriones de Airbnb promueven un turismo sostenible en Barcelona. Esperamos poder trabajar con las administraciones en Barcelona, Cataluña y España, para crear un diálogo constructivo acerca de los beneficios de compartir casa así como de la necesidad de una regulación razonable que se adapte a la innovación.

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The Airbnb Community’s Impact in Montreal

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We regularly share updates about the positive economic impacts the Airbnb community has around the world. Today we released a new study in Montreal, our first study in Canada, which found that the Airbnb community contributed C$54.6-million in total economic activity in one year alone. The study also examined the environmental and social benefits that come from traveling with Airbnb.

Similar to previous studies, we found that travelers who use Airbnb enjoy longer stays and spend more money in Montreal. Guests who travel with Airbnb are also more likely to stay in areas outside of typical tourist zones, frequenting local businesses and contributing to neighbourhood economies. These interactions not only offer economic benefits, but also build community and foster cultural exchange.

Additionally, this type of travel results in significant reduction of energy, water use, and waste generation, and encourages sustainability among both residents and visitors in Montreal.

Some of the highlights of the study include:

  • The majority of Airbnb hosts rent the homes they live in to visitors on an occasional basis, and nearly half the income they generate is spent on living expenses (rent/mortgage, utilities, and other bills) and to help them make ends meet.

  • Airbnb guests in Montreal stay an average of 5 nights and spend $909 over the course of their trip, compared to typical visitors who stay an average of 2.7 nights and spend $760.

  • 36% of Airbnb guests said they would not have come to Montreal, or stayed as long, without Airbnb.

  • Guests are looking for authentic experiences: 89% say they want to “live like a local,” and 85% use Airbnb to explore specific neighborhoods because of their preferences for “off-the-beaten-path” experiences.

  • Guests are looking for a cultural exchange: 60% of Airbnb guests visiting Montreal come from outside of Canada, and 95% of guests visit from outside of Quebec Province.  80% of Airbnb guests do not speak French as their primary language.

  • Airbnb is complementary to the existing tourism industry in Montreal. 85% of Airbnb properties in Montreal are located outside the central hotel corridor.

  • Airbnb’s business model is designed to help promote efficient use of existing resources, as well as environmentally friendly ways of travelling. By staying in Airbnb properties instead of traditional accommodation options, it was estimated over the one year period that savings were the equivalent in energy use of 620 homes and water reduction was equivalent of nine Olympic-sized swimming pools.

We look forward to continuing to work with leaders in Montreal, and around the world, to make cities even better places to live, work, and visit. For more information, check out the press release.

L’impact de la communauté Airbnb à Montréal

Nous partageons régulièrement des mises à jour au sujet des retombées économiques positives de la communauté Airbnb dans le monde. Aujourd’hui, nous avons publié une nouvelle étude à Montréal, notre toute première au Canada!  L’étude dévoile que la communauté Airbnb a contribué à hauteur de 54.6 M$  en activités économiques en seulement un an. L’étude examine également les bénéfices sociaux et environnementaux reliés à cette nouvelle façon de voyager avec Airbnb.

De façon similaire à nos études précédentes, l’étude montréalaise dévoile que les voyageurs Airbnb séjournent plus longtemps et dépensent davantage à Montréal. Les voyageurs Airbnb sont également plus susceptibles de demeurer en dehors des secteurs touristiques traditionnels. Du coup, ils fréquentent des commerces locaux et contribuent à dynamiser l’économie de ces quartiers. Ces interactions offrent non seulement des bénéfices économiques mais consolident également les communautés et favorisent les échanges culturels.

Par ailleurs, l’étude démontre également que cette façon de voyager favorise une réduction sensible de la consommation d’énergie, d’eau et de la production de déchets et encourage un comportement écoresponsable auprès des résidents et des visiteurs.

Voici quelques faits saillants de l’étude :

  • La majorité des hôtes Airbnb à Montréal partagent occasionnellement le domicile dans lequel ils habitent et près de la moitié des revenus engendrés sont utilisés pour couvrir les dépenses courantes du ménage (loyer/remboursement d’un prêt immobilier, factures, alimentations, etc.) et les aident à joindre les deux bouts.

  • Les visiteurs Airbnb séjournent en moyenne 5 nuits et dépensent 909$ durant leur séjour, comparativement aux visiteurs traditionnels qui demeurent en moyenne 2.7 nuits et dépensent 760$.

  • 36% des visiteurs Airbnb ont mentionné qu’ils ne seraient pas venus ou seraient restés moins longtemps à Montréal sans Airbnb.

  • Les visiteurs sont en quête d’une expérience authentique : 89% ont dit souhaiter « vivre comme les locaux» et 85% ont séjourné avec Airbnb pour découvrir différents quartiers car ils préfèrent sortir des sentiers battus.

  •  Les voyageurs souhaitent vivre un échange culturel : 60% des voyageurs Airbnb ayant visités Montréal  proviennent de l’étranger ou de l’extérieur du Canada et 95% des voyageurs sont de l’extérieur du Québec.  80% d’entre-deux ne parlent pas le français comme langue maternelle.
  • Airbnb est complémentaire à l’industrie touristique déjà existante à Montréal. 85% des résidences Airbnb à Montréal sont situées à l’extérieur des quartiers hôteliers traditionnels.
  • Le modèle d’affaires d’Airbnb contribue à promouvoir une utilisation responsable des ressources existantes ainsi qu’une façon de voyager respectueuse de l’environnement. En séjournant dans une résidence Airbnb plutôt que les options d’hébergement traditionnel, on estime que les voyageurs Airbnb ont contribué à une économie d’énergie équivalente à 620 maisons et une économie d’eau équivalente à neuf piscines olympiques.

Nous sommes très enthousiastes à l’idée de continuer de travailler étroitement avec les décideurs à Montréal et partout dans le monde pour faire des villes des endroits où il fait encore meilleur vivre, travailler et voyager!

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Working Together on New Proposals in Chicago

Earlier this year, we began collecting tourist taxes from guests on behalf of our hosts in Portland, Oregon and San Francisco, California.

This week, we wanted to share that we are also working together to collect and remit these taxes in Chicago, Illinois. Over the past few months, we have been meeting with city and state policymakers to discuss this program. On Monday, the Chicago City Council Finance Committee approved an ordinance to make it possible for home sharing platforms to collect and remit taxes on behalf of hosts and guests in the city. The ordinance will move to the full Chicago City Council later this month and we look forward to supporting this proposal and continuing to work together with local leaders in the months ahead.

We know our community already has contributed substantial positive economic benefits in Chicago, and this is another way to continue to make the city even stronger.