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Airbnb has today shared new transparency data globally on the positive impacts of home sharing in more than 300 top cities and 80 countries across the world. These are the stats for South Africa.


The new data, accessible to anyone across the world, covers all of 2017 and forms part of an ongoing commitment to transparency with local governments, and demonstrates the inherent benefits of healthy tourism to local families and their communities.

Across the world, it shows that there are 4.85 million listings on Airbnb in more than 191 countries across the world. The vast majority of guests say they chose Airbnb because they want to live like a local (79 percent) and because it is more convenient than hotel locations (89 percent).

More than half of guests using Airbnb globally (53 percent) say the money they saved using Airbnb was spent at local businesses, and almost half of all guest spending (44 percent) takes place in the communities where they stay, which are spread across cities and beyond hotel and traditional tourist hotspots.

In South Africa, stats showed that,

  • South Africa is home to a vibrant community of hosts who welcomed travellers from over 150 countries into their homes and communities.
  • In South Africa, the typical host earned R24 633 renting out their space for an average of 17 nights a year providing meaningful income for regular people and families.
  • South Africa welcomed nearly 830 000 inbound guests last year, and 551 000 outbound guests travelled from South Africa to other destinations, creating offline connections across borders and cultures.

Below is a breakdown of all the highlights from Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg.

Cape Town highlights:

  • Typical guest arrivals: 350 000
  • Total guest countries of origin: over 150
  • Typical nights hosted per listing: 27
  • Typical income earned per host: R39 348
  • Number of guests travelling from Cape Town to other destinations: 173 000

Johannesburg highlights:

  • Typical guest arrivals: 60 000
  • Total guest countries of origin: 133
  • Typical nights hosted per listing: 24
  • Typical income earned per host: R15 969
  • Number of guests travelling from Johannesburg to other destinations: 168 000

Durban highlights:

  • Typical guest arrivals: 40 000
  • Total guest countries of origin: 104
  • Typical nights hosted per listing: 13
  • Typical income earned per host: Around R20 000

“Number of guests travelling from Johannesburg to other destinations: 36 000“With travel and tourism growing faster than most of the rest of economy, it is critical that as many people as possible are benefiting – and right now not all tourism is created equal. To democratize the benefits of travel, Airbnb offers a healthy alternative to mass travel habits that have plagued some cities for decades,” said Airbnb’s Global Head of Policy and Communications, Chris Lehane.

South Africa is still one of the best places to travel to, in our biased opinion. So it is wonderful to hear that South Africa is doing so well in terms of tourism and travel.

Sources: Supplied
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