New Study: Airbnb’s Social and Economic Impact on Regional and Rural Ireland

Airbnb hosts around Ireland have been welcoming guests into their homes since 2009, sharing their unique experiences with guests from around the world. Today we’ve released a report that highlights Airbnb’s social, economic and environmental impact on regional and rural Ireland.

At the launch, Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, said:

This report shows that the home-sharing economy is opening up unique places and generating economic value in regional locations. By providing alternative accommodation options for visitors in rural villages and towns, we can help to grow tourism and have a positive knock-on impact on other businesses in rural Ireland.

Home sharing has helped thousands of hosts take what is typically their greatest expense – their home – and turn it into a way to generate supplemental income. Our latest report has found that 44 per cent of Ireland’s hosts use this income to help make ends meet.

Sharing their home with guests also brings important economic activity to their villages and communities. 331,000 guests were welcomed to regional and rural Ireland by Airbnb hosts in the last year alone, spending an average 42 per cent of their money in local businesses within the communities in which they were staying. This equates to an estimated €101million* being spent by guests in small businesses such as local cafes, restaurants, visitor attractions and on local transport.

You can read more about Airbnb’s social and economic impact on regional and rural Ireland here.

*Estimated spend includes food, shopping and leisure – blog updated 11th November 2016