New data released by Airbnb on Wednesday (11 April), has highlighted the impact of the home sharing community across the Western Cape.
The data, which looks at host earnings and guest spending, found that the Airbnb community generated an estimated R5 billion of economic activity in the region over the course of 2018.
In 2017, almost 15,000 hosts across the region welcomed over 540,000 guest arrivals from around the world – a growth of 86% compared to 2016.
The typical listing was shared for less than two days a month with the host earning around R34,400 ($2,600) a year, the group said. Hosts earned a total of R1 billion, helping boosting local families income.
The typical guest spent around R1,715 per day in local communities and businesses, Airbnb said.
“Trending destinations outside of the typical tourist hot spots has seen the biggest guest growth over the last year, with a 213% increase in guests staying in Beaufort West and 208% in Ceres,” the report found.
“Over a third of all visitors to the region were from South Africa – highlighting the increase in locals opting for a staycation to enjoy the cities on their doorstep. US visitors were second highest with 54,600 guest arrivals closely followed by Great Britain with 54,400 guest arrivals,” Airbnb said.