Ben Breit, Airbnb Public Affairs
Madison, WI — Airbnb, the world’s leading community-driven hospitality company, announced today that Madison hosts earned over $133,000 in income while welcoming an additional 1,000 guests to the city last weekend during the University of Wisconsin commencement (May 10-11).
This represented the second largest surge of guests to Madison in the history of Airbnb’s platform, behind only a stretch in early August 2018 that coincided with the Crossfit Games.
UW commencement has long been known to fill Madison hotels to peak occupancy, even with higher rates. Home sharing and vacation rentals have allowed cities like Madison to utilize pre-existing resources – people’s homes – to expand lodging capacity and retain as many visitors as possible.
Additionally, Airbnb collects and remits the Madison room tax thanks to a tax agreement with the city. This means the surge in guests represented a boost in tax revenue as well.
Airbnb previously announced that Dane County hosts earned $5.5 million in supplemental income in 2018 while welcoming 44,000 guest arrivals.
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