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Conducted by HR&A Advisors, the study found that Airbnb generated $632 million in economic activity in New York in one year and supported 4,580 jobs throughout all five boroughs. The study also found that nearly 90 percent of Airbnb hosts rent out the home they live in -- their primary residence -- and use the money they earn to help make ends meet, while Airbnb guests spend more time and money in New York than typical tourists.
HR&A Advisors also calculated that Airbnb guests paid $31 million in sales taxes to New York City and State while visiting New York.
"Airbnb is helping regular New Yorkers in all five boroughs pay their bills by sharing the home they live in and the city they love with travelers from around the world," said Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky. "And Airbnb makes it possible for more people to visit New York, connect with real New Yorkers and spend their money at local businesses."
"Airbnb represents a new kind of economic activity for New York City," said HR&A Advisors Partner Jamie Torres Springer. "We found Airbnb is helping to grow and diversify the City's economy: it brings new kinds of visitors who stay longer and spend more, and visit neighborhoods that don't traditionally benefit from tourism. It supports the City's new innovation economy. And it supports its largely middle income host community."
Highlights from the study include:
- The typical Airbnb host occasionally rents out the property in which he or she actually lives. 87 percent of Airbnb hosts rent out the home they live in and the typical host earns $7,530 per year.
- Airbnb helps New Yorkers stay in their homes, pay their bills and pursue their dreams. 62 percent of Airbnb hosts say Airbnb helped them stay in their homes and more than 50 percent of hosts are non-traditional workers (freelancers, part-time workers, students, etc.).
- Airbnb visitors stay on average 6.4 nights (compared to 3.9 for hotel guests) and spend $880 at NYC businesses (compared to $690 for average New York visitors).