Airbnb reveals user data in South Africa

 ·18 Oct 2017

Airbnb has released a new report about the property-sharing service’s popularity in South Africa and other countries on the African continent.

The app collected data between 1 September 2016 and 1 September 2017.

South Africa, the first African country to be represented on the Airbnb platform, contains 43,400 active listings, while the typical host earns $1,900 (R25,500) – annually or 19 nights on average.

The typical Africa host on Airbnb earns $1,500 yearly and the typical listing on Airbnb is shared for 18 nights per year.

In Nigeria, one of the newest Airbnb communities in Africa with 730 active listings, the typical host earns $1,000 and the typical listing on Airbnb is shared for 13 nights per year.

Hosts on Airbnb in South Africa have been welcoming guests into their homes since 2010, with 651,000 inbound guests in the country over the past year, representing growth of over 143%.

Home sharing on Airbnb has boosted the economy in South Africa by roughly $250 million in the past 12 months, which includes host income and guest spending, the home sharing app said.

Over the past year, hosts on Airbnb in Cape Town welcomed close to 300 000 visitors, resulting in an estimated economic boost of R2.4 billion for the City. The typical host in Cape Town earned an additional R43,400 by sharing their space for 32 nights per year.

Intracontinental travel accounts for the greatest share of Airbnb Africa guests: 29% of guests arriving in Africa come from somewhere else on the continent.

France is the next greatest source of guests, accounting for 13%, followed by the US at 12%  and the UK at 10%.

Of the 29% of guest arrivals from African nations, South Africa sources fully one-quarter of all intracontinental arrivals at 25%, with Kenya claiming 1% and other African nations, 3%.

Read: You need city permission before using your flat as an Airbnb in Cape Town

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