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S.C. residents earned $69M from Airbnb

Staff Report //January 25, 2018//

S.C. residents earned $69M from Airbnb

Staff Report //January 25, 2018//

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South Carolina residents earned $69 million in 2017 by sharing their homes with Airbnb guests.

An Airbnb report showed a total of 431,000 Airbnb guest arrivals across the state, with nearly 6,600 families hosting at least one Airbnb guest. An average host shared his or her home 38 nights, earning $7,300.

Columbia ranked eighth in the state with 14,300 guest arrivals totaling $1.8 million. During August’s total eclipse, close to 800 guests used Airbnb to find a room.

“Home sharing through Airbnb continues to be a unique and flexible way for South Carolina families to make more money, pay their bills, and support their communities,” Will Burns, public policy director for Airbnb in the state, said in a news release. “We look forward to 2018 being another successful year of giving residents in Columbia, Greenville, Myrtle Beach and all corners of the state an economic boost, travelers more affordable accommodations and neighborhood businesses more foot traffic.”

Charleston finished first in the analysis with 144,200 guests totaling $24.8 million in host income. The rest of the top five include Myrtle Beach (50,500 guests, $7.2 million income), Hilton Head Island (33,900 guests, $6.7 million income), Mount Pleasant (26,300 guests, $4 million income) and Greenville (21,000 guests, $3.5 million income).