Airbnb has released a new report about the property-sharing service’s popularity in South Africa and other BRICS countries.
While the report focuses primarily on travelers from China and Russia, it states that South Africa has shown massive growth in international guest numbers.
As many as 620,000 guests arrived at Airbnb listings in South Africa over the past year – representing year-on-year growth of 144%.
South Africa has also seen the strongest growth in guest arrivals from BRICS nations at 380%, earning $1.88 million from these four other countries alone.
For guests travelling to South Africa, the leading countries of origin are the US, the UK and Germany.
According to the report, South Africa is unusual in that 63% of all hosts in the country are women.
The “average” host typically earns close to $2,000 (R25,919) in Airbnb income, with 3.6 booking requests per 30 days on the platform.
More than 60% of women hosts in South Africa are Superhosts—hosts who are specially designated by Airbnb as hosting guests frequently, receiving a high number of five-star reviews, and being exceptionally responsive to guests and committed to reservations.
In addition, 60% of South African women hosts with children (i.e single mothers), who use their Airbnb income to help them stay in their homes.
Earlier this year, Airbnb said that the typical South African host who shares space in their home boosts their yearly income by more than R28,000.