The mind-blowing Airbnb summer stats

The mind-blowing Airbnb summer stats

With the (Northern Hemisphere) summer coming to a close, Airbnb have released their travel season numbers – and boy are they big.

Airbnb has come a long way from it’s startup roots – the website is now valued at over $30 billion and has the stats to prove it, particularly during June, July and August.

In May, they estimated that one million U.S. guests were staying in Airbnbs on Memorial Day weekend alone – so you can imagine how many global guests there were.

Luckily, you don’t have to imagine, because we’ve got the cold hard numbers right here.

The peak night for Airbnb was on August 12, where they had 2.6 million guests. Over the three summer months, Airbnb had 45 million guests in total.

No wonder the they’re worth so much! And it’s only growing.

Over summer 2016, Airbnb saw extreme growth in Asia, especially in China – one of their newest and fastest-growing markets. Chinese cities Hanzhou, Chongqing and Wuhan were the top three highest-growth destinations over last year, recording 495 per cent, 388 per cent and 371 per cent increases in bookings, respectively.

And unsurprisingly, summer travellers flocked to ocean-side abodes, from Brazil to New Zealand and back around the world.

Rotorua has become one of the most popular places to visit in New Zealand, and recorded a 154 per cent growth in bookings compared to this time last year.
Forget the lazy days of summer, though: Airbnb travelers got active and moving this summer, whether it was kayaking through Prague’s city center or a backcountry hike near Toronto.
Based on the most-booked experiences per city this summer, travellers were hiking, riding, sailing and dancing their way through popular destinations. Among some of our most popular markets, biking experiences were most popular, along with hiking and boating.

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