Hello, Sunshine! We’re Partnering with NRG Home Solar to Make Solar More Affordable

As world leaders gather in Paris to discuss global sustainability goals at this week’s United Nations Conference on Climate Change, Airbnb and NRG Home Solar–one of the country’s leading residential solar companies–are proud to announce a new partnership to make solar more affordable.

At Airbnb, we want to make home sharing even more sustainable. Studies have previously shown that home sharing, in comparison to staying in traditional accommodations, significantly reduces energy and water use, greenhouse gas emissions, and waste generation. Through this innovative partnership, we’ll provide travel credits to encourage people to try a more environmentally sustainable method of travel. We think this exciting partnership is a natural step towards greener living.

Current hosts who sign on with NRG Home Solar through this promotion will receive a rebate on their solar lease. Homeowners who go solar with NRG and become new Airbnb hosts will receive the lease rebate, as well as an Airbnb travel credit. And if a current NRG Home Solar customer becomes an Airbnb host, they’ll also receive a travel credit to use on Airbnb.

The program, which launched on December 1st, will be available in California and New York–we hope to expand the offering to other states in the coming months.
The partnership is part of our collective efforts with NRG Home Solar to develop wide-ranging programs that increase the availability of rooftop solar. Together, we’ll enable more people to join the fight against climate change while reducing their utility bills.

Interested in joining the program? Homeowners can visit go.nrghomesolar.com/airbnb to receive an invitation and participate in the promotion.

Paying Our Fair Share in Illinois

Earlier this year, we announced our Community Compact, a pledge based on our core principles and informed by the lessons we’ve learned about how best to partner with governments. In the Compact, we pledge to continue working with communities to help ensure the efficient collection of tourist and hotel taxes. In that spirit, we are excited to announce that on January 15, Airbnb will begin collecting and remitting state hotel taxes on behalf of hosts in Illinois.

This continues a program we began in Chicago last year. In February 2015, we announced that we would collect and remit taxes on behalf of our hosts in Chicago. We expect to contribute approximately $2.5 million in tax revenue to the City of Chicago by February 2016.

We’re happy to be taking this important step that helps our host community and makes Illinois stronger. Home sharing allows people to turn what is generally one of their greatest expenses, housing, into a tool to help make ends meet. Most Airbnb hosts are middle class residents who share their homes to pay the bills. Meanwhile, Airbnb guests generate sustainable, local economic activity that supports small businesses who previously haven’t benefitted from tourism. In fact, in a study we released earlier this year, based on data from July 2014 to June 2015, found that Airbnb generated $209 million in economic activity in Chicago.

Airbnb first began collecting and remitting hotel and tourist taxes from guests on behalf of hosts in San Francisco and Portland. Since then, we have worked together with forward-thinking authorities on similar initiatives in Amsterdam, Chicago, Malibu, North Carolina, Oakland, Oregon, Palo Alto, Paris, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Rhode Island, San Diego, San Jose, Florida, and Washington D.C. We are also collaborating with policymakers on similar initiatives around the globe.

As we move forward, we’ll continue our work with leaders in on common sense rules for home sharing. We are confident that we can work together on some simple policies that embrace home sharing and make Illinois communities stronger.

You can find more information in our Help Center

 

The Airbnb Community in Seattle

Home sharing allows ordinary people can take what is typically one of their greatest expenses – the cost of their housing – and turn it into a way to make ends meet. In Seattle, 60 percent of hosts say that hosting on Airbnb has helped them afford to stay in their homes. The typical host in Seattle earns about $8,000 per year by sharing his or her home, 59 percent of which goes towards household expenses like mortgage or rent.

Airbnb and our hosts want to work with cities like Seattle to create fair and progressive rules for home sharing. We recently released the Airbnb Community Compact in which we pledge to treat every city personally, build an open and transparent community, and promote responsible home sharing to make cities stronger. We are fully committed to being constructive partners with regulatory agencies and policymakers.

Today, we are excited to release a report that examines the benefits of home sharing in Seattle. Our team of data scientists analyzed Airbnb data, publicly available census and community survey data, and third-party data to comprehensively understand the positive impacts of the Airbnb community in Seattle.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Most entire home listings on Airbnb in Seattle are primary residents sharing their homes: 81% of all Airbnb hosts in Seattle are primary residents of the home they share.  Of that, 72% of Airbnb hosts in Seattle who share an entire home are sharing their primary residence — the home in which they live. An additional 14% are sharing a second home they live in for part of the year.

  • Most entire home listings on Airbnb in Seattle are rented only occasionally. Half of Airbnb entire home listings are rented on a short-term basis for less than thirty days of the year, and almost 80% are rented on a short-term basis for less than 90 days of the year.

  • Seattle’s long-term housing stock has remained stable.  The number of dedicated short- term rentals in Seattle has also remained constant at about 3,000 units since 2008 (before the first Airbnb visitor ever came to Seattle). The number of dedicated, permanent short-term rental units has not increased over the past seven years.

  • Most hosts make less money short-term renting than they could long-term renting. Airbnb hosts are overwhelmingly primary residents who occasionally short-term rent their home to earn supplemental income. On average, Seattle entire home units need to be short-term rented 157 days per year on Airbnb to make the same amount of money as long-term renting to a tenant; only 300 Airbnb listings in Seattle are rented more than 157 days per year, which to put in context, is less than 1% of the Seattle housing stock.

Download the entire report here

 

Home Sharing in Our Nation’s Capital

From the White House to the townhomes of Capitol Hill, Eastern Market to the Lincoln Memorial, and from the locally-owned boutiques in Logan Circle to the Smithsonian, Washingtonians love to share their city with the world. And now, thanks to Airbnb, thousands of people in our nation’s capital are sharing their homes with the world.

For hosts, home sharing has helped thousands of middle class residents to take one of their greatest expenses – the cost of their housing – and turn it into a way to generate a bit of extra money. Meanwhile, guests are able to see the city through the eyes of locals, explore different neighborhoods and patronize new small businesses.

The collective impact of this activity is bringing significant dollars to neighborhoods in every corner of the city. In the last 12 months alone, Airbnb guests in Washington, D.C. spent nearly $77 million.

Over the coming months, policymakers in the District will discuss the best ways to regulate home sharing. Our community is committed to playing a constructive role in these conversations to ensure the city embraces smart, commonsense home sharing rules. The Airbnb community is already collecting and remitting millions of dollars of hotel taxes to the city each year.

In a report we released today we are sharing important data about our community in Washington to equip policymakers with more information as they work to craft fair, progressive rules. This information is part of the commitment that we made in the Airbnb Community Compact earlier this month.

Here are some of the highlights from the report:

Home sharing is creating a new economic engine in Washington, funneling millions of dollars to the city annually. Last year alone, Airbnb guests spent nearly $77 million at local shops and businesses. Meanwhile, the typical Airbnb host in Washington made $5,100 per year by sharing a room in their home or their entire space while they are out of town.

The vast majority of hosts in Washington are sharing their space on occasion. Across the city, 78% of Airbnb listings are rented less than 90 days per year.

Home sharing is reducing Washington’s carbon footprint. When compared to traditional accommodations, home sharing produces an energy savings equivalent to 2,200 homes, reduces water usage by the equivalent of 35 olympic-sized pools, and reduces greenhouse gas emission by the equivalent of 6,400 cars.

See the full report here.

Working with the State of Florida to Pay Our Fair Share

Last week, we announced our Community Compact, a document based on our core principles and informed by the lessons we’ve learned about how best to partner with governments. At the heart of this Compact are three commitments with specific actions we’re taking to help ensure home sharing continues to make communities stronger. One of these actions is to continue working with communities to help ensure the efficient collection of tourist and hotel taxes.

Today, we are excited to announce that we will begin collecting and remitting on behalf of our hosts in the State of Florida.Starting December 1st, we will begin collecting and remitting the Florida Transient Rental Tax and Sales Tax, including county-level Tourist Taxes in 22 counties which are administered by the State. Additionally, starting December 1st, we will begin collecting the Pinellas County Tourist Development Tax. Guests will be charged the appropriate taxes on their Airbnb bill and we will then remit to the State and Pinellas County the respective taxes collected.

You can find more information in our Help Center, under “Florida”.

As we move forward, we’ll continue our work with leaders in Florida on common sense rules for home sharing. We are confident that we can work together on some simple policies that embrace home sharing and make Florida communities stronger.

The Airbnb Community in New Orleans

In a place celebrated for its vibrancy and hospitality, it’s no surprise that so many in the Crescent City have embraced home sharing.  For hosts, home sharing has helped thousands of middle class residents to take what is typically one of their greatest expenses – the cost of their housing – and turn it into a way to generate supplemental income. For guests, home sharing has democratized travel and facilitated a more authentic experience closer to local and small businesses that haven’t always benefitted from tourism and hospitality.

The collective impact of this activity makes New Orleans stronger. Guests spent $140 million in the past twelve months alone.

In recent months, community leaders in New Orleans have been discussing the best way to regulate home sharing. We welcome these discussions and we are committed to being constructive partners with regulatory agencies and policymakers. Our community wants to pay their fair share.  We want home sharing to help people stay in their homes. And we want to equip policymakers and the public with the information they need to craft fair, progressive rules for home sharing in New Orleans.

To help meet these goals, last week recently released the Airbnb Community Compact and we’re also releasing some initial data today to give people more information about our community.

Here are some highlights from the report:

Responsible home sharing is creating a new economic engine for New Orleans. Guests spent $140 million in the past year. This happened in part because 99% of New Orleans hosts recommend local businesses to their guests. In addition, 70% of the money these guests save by using Airbnb is spent in New Orleans businesses.

Airbnb hosts are long-time residents committed to the community. The average Airbnb host is 41 years old and has lived in New Orleans for 21 years.

Hosts are occasionally sharing their home to generate modest but impactful supplemental income. 92% of listings in New Orleans are rented for less than 180 days a year. A typical host annually earns $10, 900 dollars and 69% of hosts use the income generated from Airbnb to pay things such as their rent or mortgage.

Airbnb guests travel in small groups, looking for a unique travel experience. 88% of trips booked to New Orleans on Airbnb include 4 or fewer guests. 96% of active listings in New Orleans have three or fewer bedrooms. In addition, 94% of guests who choose to stay on Airbnb do so because they want to “live like a local”

See the full report here

Moving Forwards in Milan

A few weeks ago, I shared news from Italy where Milan and the Lombardy region approved new rules that confirm local residents can share their homes. These rules also laid the foundation for future collaboration between Airbnb and local cities in Lombardy on measures to support people who share their homes to pay the bills.

Today, we are pleased to announce new steps in our partnership with the City of Milan. Speaking at the Future of Cities conference in Milan today, we announced a series of new measures that we will implement together over the coming year.

Together with the City of Milan, we will:

Support big events – Airbnb has a long history of supporting big events – helping cities accommodate large numbers of visitors without a single brick being laid. For the City of Milan, events like the Expo 2015, Design Week or Milan Fashion Week are great economic development opportunities. Following the success of our partnership during the Milan Expo, we will partner with the City of Milan to help host other big events and democratise the economic benefits of these events for local residents.

Increase digital literacy – We will work with the City of Milan to help seniors access new opportunities online and learn basic internet literacy. We already know that around 1 million Airbnb users around the world are over 60 – around 10 percent of our community – and that home sharing is empowering them to meet new people and earn a little extra money to pay the bills. We will work together with the City of Milan to explore new ways we can leverage our community and technology to help more seniors get online and access new opportunities.

Measure the positive impacts of home sharing – We want to be good partners to policy makers in Milan and support them with meaningful data on our community and the benefits it brings. We are today announcing the start of a country-wide economic impact study, which will look at the positive impact of the Airbnb community on Italy, including local communities, businesses, and the tourism industry.

Speaking at the Future of Cities conference today, Cristina Tajani, Milan Counsellor for Labour Policy and Economic Development, said:

“Thanks to this collaboration with Airbnb, we can work together to find effective measures to support new trends in hospitality, which is a big part of the sharing economy. We’ll also work together on new social responsibility projects like digital literacy for seniors.

“We want to make Milan a more innovative and inclusive place to live, and this partnership is a crucial step in achieving that.”

We are look forward to continuing our work with the City of Milan to spread the economic benefits of home sharing to more families, communities and local businesses across the city.

Un passo importante per Milano

Poche settimane fa ho condiviso un aggiornamento dall’Italia, dove Milano e la Regione Lombardia hanno recentemente approvato le nuove regole che confermano che i residenti possono condividere le loro case. Queste regole inoltre hanno messo le basi per una futura collaborazione tra Airbnb e le città lombarde su ulteriori misure volte a supportare le persone che condividono le loro case per pagare le bollette. Oggi siamo felici di annunciare nuovi importanti passi in avanti nella nostra collaborazione con la città di Milano.

Intervenendo alla Collaborative Week a Milano, oggi, abbiamo annunciato una serie di misure che implementeremo insieme nel corso del prossimo anno.

Lavoreremo insieme alla città di Milano per:

Supportare la città in occasione di grandi eventi – Airbnb ha una lunga tradizione di supporto alle città in occasione di grandi eventi, aiutandole ad accoglierle un grande numero di visitatori senza la necessità di posare un singolo mattone. Per la città di Milano, eventi come l’Expo 2015, la Design Week o la settimana della moda rappresentano grandi opportunità di sviluppo economico. Dopo il successo della nostra partnership durante l’Expo di Milano, collaboreremo con il Comune di Milano per aiutare la città ad ospitare altri grandi eventi e a democratizzarne i benefici economici per i residenti locali.

Migliorare l’alfabetizzazione digitale – Lavoreremo con la città di Milano per aiutare i più anziani ad accedere a nuove opportunità online e ad acquisire un utilizzo basilare della rete. Sappiamo che circa 1 milione di utenti Airbnb in tutto il mondo ha più di 60 anni – si tratta del 10 per cento di tutta la nostra community e che l’home sharing consente loro di incontrare nuove persone ed avere un guadagno extra per sostenere le proprie spese di tutti i giorni. Lavoreremo con la città di Milano, la nostra community e la nostra tecnologia per aiutare queste persone ad entrare nel mondo di internet ed accedere a tante nuove opportunità.

Misurare gli effetti positivi del home sharing – Vogliamo essere buoni partner per Milano e offrire dati significativi sulla nostra community e sui vantaggi che porta. Annunciamo oggi l’avvio di uno studio sull’impatto economico a livello nazionale, che esaminerà gli effetti positivi della community Airbnb in Italia, comprese le comunità locali, le imprese e l’industria del settore turistico.

L’annuncio è stato dato oggi da Cristina Tajani, Assessore del Comune di Milano durante la conferenza Milano Sharing City: le città del futuro.

““Grazie a questa collaborazione con Airbnb – ha commentato l’assessore alle Politiche per il Lavoro e lo Sviluppo economico Cristina Tajani – potremo individuare gli strumenti più efficaci e idonei per governare nuove forme di accoglienza, che rientrano nel fenomeno più ampio dell’economia condivisa, ma anche avviare progetti di utilità sociale come l’alfabetizzazione digitale per i cittadini più anziani. Milano si conferma come il territorio migliore dove confrontarsi su nuove regole, esperienze e servizi”. “Siamo felici che la nostra città si confermi sensibile nel cogliere anticipatamente le tendenze e cambiamenti anche in un settore complesso come quello dell’accoglienza – ha concluso l’assessore Tajani -. Questo accordo è un altro importante tassello del progetto che l’Amministrazione sta portando avanti, per rendere Milano sempre più innovativa e inclusiva”.

Guardiamo avanti per continuare il nostro lavoro con il Comune di Milano per diffondere i benefici economici dell’home sharing ad un numero maggiore di famiglie, comunità e imprese locali in tutta la città.

The Airbnb Community Compact

Home sharing has long existed as a right. For many years, everyday people visiting a city have sought out home sharing as a way to have an authentic experience, visit a vacation market or explore a non-traditional destination. Airbnb was founded during the Great Recession and has become an economic lifeline for middle class families around the world.

Our founders have established a clear set of core principles that guide Airbnb’s policy efforts when it comes to developing partnerships with cities that embrace the right of people to share their homes. As our community continues to grow, we’ve heard from scores of civic leaders, hosts and guests who want to know more about how we specifically translate those core principles into partnerships with communities and craft fair, progressive rules for home sharing. In recent years, informed by our principles, we have established close working relationships with policymakers and created strong policies that protect communities and embrace home sharing in cities from Amsterdam, to Philadelphia, London to Jersey City, Paris to San Jose. Just last week, home sharing was on the ballot for the first time in San Francisco, California, and Boulder, Colorado, and the people spoke decisively in favor of Airbnb and the right to share your home.

Community leaders are supporting home sharing because it helps ordinary people take what is typically one of their greatest expenses – the cost of their housing – and turn it into a way to generate supplemental income.  Airbnb allows the typical middle-income host in the United States to generate the equivalent of a 14% annual raise in a time where economic inequality is a major challenge.  Hosts control when and how to share their homes – and hosts make 97% of the price they charge for their listing. The fact that Airbnb is expanding the economic pie for ordinary people at a time of rising economic inequality is why hosts are so engaged and excited about the right to share their home.

But we know we have more work to do.

We are 100 percent committed to being constructive partners with regulatory agencies and policymakers. Our community wants to pay their fair share.  We want home sharing to help people stay in their homes. We also want communities to understand more about who we are and how we approach important public policy issues, including issues like illegal hotels. We strongly oppose large-scale speculators who turn dozens of apartments into illegal hotel rooms. Illegal hotels  are not in the interests of our guests, our hosts, our company, or the cities where Airbnb hosts share their space.

To help meet these goals, we’re releasing the Airbnb Community Compact. The compact is based on our core principles and informed by the lessons we’ve learned about how best to partner with governments.  At the heart of this Compact are three commitments with specific actions we’re taking to help ensure home sharing continues to make communities stronger. The highlights include:

Treat Every City Personally and Help Ensure Our Community Pays its Fair Share of Hotel and Tourist Taxes

We will partner with individual cities to address their policy needs, and work with cities to help ensure the efficient collection of tourist and hotel taxes.

Build an Open and Transparent Community

We will both protect our hosts’ and guests’ privacy and provide cities the anonymized information they need to make informed decisions about home sharing policies in their communities.  We will consult with consumer privacy experts and our hosts before this kind of information is released to ensure our hosts’ and guests’ privacy is protected. We will also release regular economic activity reports in key markets. To kick things off, we are sharing recent estimates of the annual economic impact of the Airbnb community in some of our most active cities:

New York City

$1.960 billion

London

$1.950 billion

Los Angeles

$890 million

Berlin

$510 million

San Francisco

$510 million

Going forward, we will release these and other metrics at least once a year for at least 50 key markets around the world.

Promote Responsible Home Sharing To Make Cities Stronger

In cities that have not established rules for home sharing, and where housing prices and availability are a critical issue, we will work with our community to help prevent short-term rentals from impacting the availability and cost of permanent housing for city residents. We will educate our hosts and work to help ensure they agree to a policy of listing only properties that are permanent homes on a short-term basis.  We will also continue to work with cities that have established home sharing policies on these matters. Our community has demonstrated that it can self-regulate.  And per our commitment to being open and transparent, the information released will provide a way to show that our community is doing right by the cities where they are sharing their homes.

This Compact won’t limit the work we will do with cities and community leaders — it’s a floor, not a ceiling — and we are eager to engage even more with civic leaders. We know different communities have different needs and our core principles will always push us to do right by the cities our hosts call home and our guests seek to visit.

The Airbnb community is engaged, active and present in communities.  More than 60 million guests have spent the night in an Airbnb listing.  Airbnb listings can be found in 34,000 communities and more than 190 countries. Tomorrow there will be more people sharing their homes than there are today – and more the day after that.  Home sharing is both a community and a movement.  And we want to do right by the cities our hosts call home and our guests visit.

As home sharing continues to evolve, we are all learning the best ways to support the right of people to share their homes, including the best ways hosts and guests can be good neighbors.  This is a learning experience for all and while we will not always be perfect, we have learned a lot since our founding in 2008 and are all committed to doing our best to be good neighbors. We have seen how home sharing helps everyday families pay the bills and pursue their dreams and we are looking forward to doing even more to ensure home sharing makes communities better places to live, work and visit.

Organizing in 100 Cities: The Airbnb Host Movement

On Election Day in San Francisco, the people spoke — and they spoke very clearly — and said “No” to Proposition F, an extreme measure backed by the hotel industry that would have limited home sharing in the city and hurt the ability of everyday people to use the income they generate from home sharing to make ends meet. The results were an incredible victory for our middle class hosts and only possible because the Airbnb community led the fight on the ground in San Francisco.

This election was the first time that there was an actual vote of the people on home sharing.  This election was the first time that the hotel industry was shown to be the source of opposition to home sharing. And this election may have been the first time that the broader public understood what we already knew — Airbnb hosts and guests are not just a community, they represent a people-to-people movement that is getting stronger as the days grow longer.

What the home sharing community did on the ground in San Francisco paid homage to the proverb — vote with your feet.  Many of the the 138,000 hosts and guests in San Francisco took the initiative, organized themselves and led the campaign. The campaign through our community-based volunteers knocked on 285,000 doors, held 105,000 individual conversations with voters, and worked to solicit the endorsement of more than 2000 small, family run businesses.

The No on F campaign earned the support of many leading elected officials and organizations in San Francisco  because our Hosts told them their stories and asked for their support. We saw just how effective the Home Sharers Democratic Club of San Francisco was as a center for organizing the Airbnb community. We experienced first hand the power of people-to-people political networking.  This Medium post , which written by a member of the Airbnb community in San Francisco, was read more than 175,000 times and was one of the smartest takes on why Prop F was so extreme.

What happened in San Francisco is happening over the world. We’re hearing from Airbnb hosts and guests who want to do more to tell their local officials about the benefits of home sharing for their community. Just last week, in New York, we saw more than 6,000 community members in four days provide testimonials to the City Council on how home sharing allows them to make ends meet.  Earlier this year, the California legislature considered legislation regarding home sharing and more than 750,000 members of the community weighed in with elected officials.

Yesterday, we announced that we will support the creation of 100 independent Home Sharing Clubs in 100 Cities around the world in 2016. Many of these organizations have already been formed. In other places, we’ve heard from hosts who want to get involved, but just need a little assistance.

To help out and support the creation of these Home Sharing Clubs we will:

  • Give our community the freedom to do what works for them. We will provide host clubs with support and information, but these organizations will be independent and free to make their own decisions.

  • Give our community access to the finest grassroots organizing training, tools and support. We’ve worked closely with former Obama Administration officials and organizing experts. Now, we’ll make these experts available to the Airbnb community.

  • Provide dedicated Airbnb staff to help our community. Our team in San Francisco will be available to our community and offer advice and support to hosts and guests who are organizing in communities around the world.

In many ways, the organizing of our community into a movement has historical precedent. From guilds to unions, networks of people with shared economic and societal interests have come together to leverage the power of their voices. Today, Airbnb hosts — who earn 97 percent of the price of their listing — and Airbnb guests who use our platform to see the world are forming a powerful people-to-people based political advocacy bloc.

To put the size of the community in perspective, in the U.S. from 2013 to today, we grew from around 950,000 people to over 4 million. Our community continues to grow and more people will be on our platform tomorrow than there are today.  For comparison purposes, the Sierra Club has 2.4 million members, teachers unions represent 2.9 million members and the NRA has 5 million members

We are committed to working with cities as partners — as we have done with cities all over the world.  We want to work with cities to pay our fair share; to make information available to cities so they can make smart decisions; and to get to common-sense solutions that support the middle class.  Over the last several weeks we have seen significant progress — the San Francisco election where the people spoke; partnerships formed from Milan, Italy to Jersey City, New Jersey (steps away from the Statute of Liberty — the very symbol of the American Dream); and the majority party of Tasmania endorsing home sharing.

I’ve been with Airbnb for just over two months and I am in awe of our community because they are a movement and the winds of history are at our back.

 

Airbnb Supports Belgian Residents; Helps Grow and Diversify Tourism

Today, we are highlighting new data about the Airbnb community in Belgium. It shows that Airbnb helps grow and diversify tourism in Belgium, allows regular people to earn additional income to help make ends meet, and helps them experience the world.

Airbnb hosts in Belgium have been welcoming guests into their homes since 2009. In the past year alone, 10,400 listings were booked by guests wanting to experience Belgium like a local. Airbnb hosts are providing guests with authentic and local travel experiences and earning a little extra money to help pay the bills.

Here are some highlights from the report:

Airbnb helps grow and diversify tourism in Belgium. In one year, 350,700 guests used Airbnb to visit Belgium, and 90 percent of guests were international. The average length of stay was 2.9 days.

Airbnb hosts are regular members of the community. The typical Airbnb host in Belgium is 40 years old. They share their home for 36 days a year and earn an additional €2,300 a year.

Hosting on Airbnb helps local residents pay the bills and make ends meet. More than half of Airbnb hosts say the additional income they make by sharing their space helps them make ends meet. Almost half of Airbnb hosting income is used for regular household expenses.

Airbnb helps Belgian residents experience the world. Almost 450,000 local residents used Airbnb for their international and domestic trips.

You can see the full report here, including individual reports for Brussels, Flanders and Wallonia.

Earlier this year, Flanders introduced draft legislation to embrace home sharing, and we are proud to be working with policy makers on modern rules to support regular people who rely on this income.

But today’s report shows that Airbnb brings tremendous economic, social and environmental benefits to everyone in Belgium. We want to work with policymakers – in all regions of Belgium – on clear and simple rules for home sharing. By working together, we can help more people to experience Belgium like a local and support more working families to earn a little extra money to help pay the bills.