Airbnb By The Numbers in Australia 2017

Known for its private though provocative nature, Airbnb is becoming increasingly willing to share data as it moves further into the tourism mainstream. For the sake of having a reference point, here are the 2017 Australian statistics Airbnb recently made public:

  • 180,000 property listings in Australia.
  • 5,090,000 Airbnb guest arrivals in Australia. Guest arrival counts anyone who stayed at an Airbnb property. Under this metric an individual can be counted multiple times depending on how often they’ve used Airbnb.
  • $4100 is the “typical” 2017 income for Airbnb hosts in Australia.
  • 28 nights – that’s the “typical” number of nights hosted per listing.  It appears that “typical” is not “average” because if you multiply 180,000 listings by 28 nights the answer is 5,040,000 nights, just short of Airbnb’s 5,090,000 guest arrivals. Logic suggests the average number of guests per stay would be significantly more than 1.009. 
  • Airbnb’s Australian guests came from more than 150 countries.
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  1. Increasingly happy to share comments about their ‘nice’ statistics, but of course they refuse to admit to the very obvious fact that they aren’t really about ‘sharing’ because INDEPENDENT analysis consistently shows that only a third of their listings actually involve ‘sharing’ a house or apartment with the owners. Let’s get real here. They have been increasingly found out as a $33bn global giant that is really more interested in taking than sharing. The people they most compete against are hard working B&Bs, motels and lodges who play by the rules. If you play in the commercial space and are a $33bn behemoth, why shouldn’t you have to compete fairly?

    1. Agree. Plus you’re forgetting that the individuals most impacted upon are neighbours and those seeking stable housing.
      Airbnb staff boast that Australia is their “most penetrated market in the world”. Their ‘stock’ is our homes.
      Well past time that Legislators did their jobs and enforced Residential Zoning.

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