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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.

04/11/2016. Airbnb, the world's leading community driven hospitality company, has today launched a report highlighting the positive social and economic impact of the Airbnb community on regional and rural Ireland. Entitled 'Home-Sharing: Empowering Regional and Rural Ireland', it was launched by Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, at an Airbnb listing in her own constituency of County Monaghan. It shows that the Airbnb community contributed an estimated euro 74 million to regional and rural communities across Ireland in the last year. Pictured are (LtoR) Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, Robin Clifford, Head of Hosting for Northern Europe and Elizabeth McGuinness, Airbnb Superhost Photography: Sasko Lazarov/Photocal ireland

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.