Airbnb has boosted the South-West Region’s economy by 42 million euro according to a new study.
The report – “Home-Sharing: Empowering Regional & Rural Ireland”, was launched by Regional Affairs Minister Heather Humphreys.
The report is an analysis of all travel to, and within, regional and rural Ireland outside of Dublin, from September 2015 to August 2016.
There were 108,000 inbound guests to the South-West region in the past year staying an average of 2.7 nights each visiting for holiday and leisure.
In the last year, 1,700 hosts in the South-West region have earned an average additional income of €3,900 per household.
44 percent of hosts in the regional and rural report said that they are using the income to make ends meet.
Global Head of Customer Experience at Airbnb, Aisling Hassell says more and more people across Ireland have joined the home sharing movement and are recognising the value in sharing a spare room, or home while away.