Airbnb, the world's leading community driven hospitality company, has launched a report highlighting the positive social and economic impact of the Airbnb community on regional and rural Ireland.
The report, entitled “Home-Sharing: Empowering Regional & Rural Ireland”, was launched by Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD
It shows that the Airbnb community contributed an estimated €12 million to the North West region, which includes Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan & Sligo, in the last year.
The report is an analysis of all travel to, and within, regional and rural Ireland outside of Dublin, from September 2015 through to August 2016.
Communities are seeing benefits from Airbnb, particularly in the regions and rural Ireland, through tourism and economic development in places where alternative accommodation is not available. Equally by hosting on Airbnb, individual households are able to generate a little extra income to help make ends meet, according to Global Head of Customer Experience at Airbnb, Aisling Hassell.