Airbnb boosts summer tourism in Vancouver area

Airbnb is transforming the way people travel, providing an opportunity for people to experience cities like a local, patronize the best neighbourhood restaurants and bars, and have an authentic experience.

With interest in travel exploding around the world, more and more people are traveling to cities like Vancouver. We’re excited about the role our hosts and guests play in boosting tourism in the Vancouver area, so we took a look at Airbnb travel that took place between June 1, 2016 and August 31, 2016 to better understand our impact.

Summer travel to the Vancouver area by Airbnb guests jumped 77 percent over last year’s figures. More than 192,000 Airbnb guests visited the Vancouver area in summer 2016, compared to 108,000 in summer 2015.

Airbnb guests

Airbnb guests arrived from all over North America to see Vancouver. The average trip length this summer was just over four nights. During this time, Airbnb guests visited local coffee shops and small businesses that haven’t benefitted from tourism in the past. The map below depicts the top 10 cities of origin for travelers to Vancouver through Airbnb.

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Airbnb hosts

Most Airbnb hosts share their homes a few nights each month to earn modest, supplemental income that helps them pay their bills and keep their homes. In the Vancouver area this summer, the typical host earned $4,700 CAD by sharing his or her home.

Airbnb guests who choose to stay with our hosts, often do so because staying in a home gives them a unique experience they can’t get anywhere else. Hosts across the Vancouver area received guests this summer, but below is a comparison that shows the top Vancouver area neighbourhoods and communities by guest arrival this summer:

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We’re proud that our community continues to grow, and it’s no surprise that more and more people are embracing home sharing. Airbnb is helping everyday families pay the bills – and making it possible for travelers to visit neighbourhoods and communities they might have otherwise missed. We look forward to seeing what next summer has in store.