As of 2021, Airbnb has over 4 million hosts across 220 countries and regions worldwide. Since its founding in 2008, the business has expanded quickly, welcoming more than 800 million visitors.
Airbnb offers a range of accommodation types, from private rooms and shared spaces to entire homes and unique properties such as treehouses or castles. As of 2021, over 7 million listings are available on the platform.
According to Airbnb, the typical host earns around $9,600 per year from hosting on the platform. However, this varies widely based on location, type of listing, and other factors.
Airbnb has a diverse user base, with guests from all over the world. In 2019, the top 10 guest nationalities were from the United States, China, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands.
Impact on Tourism
Airbnb has had a significant impact on the tourism industry. In some cities, the number of Airbnb listings has surpassed the number of traditional hotels, leading to concerns about the impact on local communities and housing availability.
In 2019, Airbnb's estimated economic impact was $100 billion, including the income hosts earned, the money guests spent on local businesses, and the savings from using Airbnb over traditional accommodations.
The COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted Airbnb, with travel restrictions and safety concerns leading to a decrease in bookings. However, the company has also seen an increase in domestic bookings and longer-term stays as people seek alternative options for working and living.
In recent years, Airbnb has addressed sustainability and environmental issues, including launching a sustainability pledge and introducing eco-friendly features such as green cleaning practices and carbon offsets.