May 25, 2017

R2.4 billion injected, Airbnb data says



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Cape Town – South African Airbnb hosts welcomed almost 400 000 guests into their homes last year, injecting R2.4 billion into the country’s economy.

Data released by Airbnb this week showed that South Africans opened doors to guests that included 150000 locals last year alone – a big jump from total arrivals of 38 000 in 2014.

Airbnb managing director for Africa and the Middle East Nicola D’Elia said the report showed that Airbnb supported regular South Africans to share their home, while growing and diversifying the tourism industry across the country.

Share this story People models in front of a Airbnb logo. Airbnb hosted almost 400 000 guests in their South African homes last year.Photo: Reuters D’Elia said the 37 percent of visitors last year were South African, the majority from Johannesburg.

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She said the average age of hosts were 45 years old, 36 percent were more than 50 years of age, 37 percent male and 63 percent female.The report also showed that Airbnb visitors were no conventional tourists, as 85 percent wanted to live like a local, 79 percent chose Airbnb to explore a neighbourhood and 30 percent of all visitors said they […]

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