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Airbnb's record night in New Zealand on NYE

Airbnb's record night in New Zealand on NYE

This New Year's Eve was a record night for the Airbnb community in New Zealand, with more than 31,200 guest arrivals occurring in Airbnb listings in New Zealand - which is double the population of Queenstown and smashes the previous night record.

Between Boxing Day and New Year's Eve, more than 163,600 guest arrivals occurred in New Zealand Airbnb listings - 67,300 more than the same time in 2016.

This record night is not only a sign of the continued growth and popularity of the Airbnb community in New Zealand, but a sign of just how important Airbnb has become for New Zealand in accommodating major surges in demand around big events or nights.

Quotes from Airbnb’s Head of Public Policy ANZ Brent Thomas

Without the cost or delay of building a new hotel, the Airbnb community is helping grow the New Zealand tourism industry and create more jobs for locals.

New Year’s Eve was our biggest ever night on Airbnb in New Zealand, with a record number of guest arrivals in local Airbnb’s. It is further proof Kiwi’s and travelers are overwhelming voting with their feet and embracing a more authentic, sustainable kind of travel.

Every extra visitor staying in an Airbnb is one more person spending in local cafes, bars or shops. This tourism boom is good for locals, good for small business and good for local communities.

Importantly, this tourism boom and record night reinforces the need for fair and progressive rules for home sharing in New Zealand. The very last thing you would want to do is jeopardise this growth and the local jobs it is creating with onerous red tape. We want to work with government on innovative rules for home sharing and explore how we would further turbocharge the local tourism industry.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

NYE spike:
• New Year’s Eve (31 Dec 17) was a record night for Airbnb with over 31,200 guest arrivals occurring in Airbnb listings in New Zealand - more than the previous record night of 4 Feb 17 (19,200 guest arrivals) and more than New Year’s Eve in 2016 (18,800 guest arrivals).
• Between Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve, more than than 163,600 guest arrivals occurred in New Zealand Airbnb listings - more than 67,300 than the same time in 2016.

Guest arrivals to NZ - 26 Dec to 31 Dec 2017 (based on current booking data)
• Tuesday 26 2017 - 22,300
• Wednesday 27 2017 - 25,100
• Thursday 28 2017 - 27,000
• Friday 29 2017 - 28,200
• Saturday 30 - 30,000
• Sunday 31 2017 - 31,200
• TOTAL - 163,600

Guest arrivals to NZ - 26 Dec to 31 Dec 16:
• Monday 26 December 2016 - 13,200
• Tuesday 27 December 2016 - 14,600
• Wednesday 28 December 2016 - 15,800
• Thursday 29 December 2016 - 16,300
• Friday 30 December 2016 - 17,600
• Saturday 31 December 2016 - 18,800
• TOTAL - 96,300

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