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Airbnb Growth of NYE Customers from 1,400 in ’09 to 3 Million in ’17

Airbnb Growth of NYE Customers
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Airbnb Growth of NYE Customers from 1,400 in ’09 to 3 Million in ’17

There was a tweet that I think was pretty impressive that was sent out the other day describing Airbnb growth of NYE customers from 2009 to 2017.  It’s pretty amazing to see how the company has grown and the way it’s becoming a mainstream way for travelers, particularly amongst the younger generation, to replace traditional hotels.

The tweet was put out by Brian Chesky, Co-Founder and CEO of the company.  The company gives the number of customers booked for New Years Eve from 2009 through 2017.  It really captures the growth of the company and how that growth is contributing to a disturbance in the traditional hotel economy.

The tweet shows how in 2009, there were only 1,400 people booked through the website to stay at a property on the Airbnb website.  The company at that time was less than six months old, since it was founded in August 2008.  Compare that to this year, where there were 3 million people that stayed at an Airbnb property for New Years Eve.  That’s a growth of over 2,000 percent over the course of 8 years.

Airbnb has been trying to expand at a rapid pace.  Early in 2017, the company announced its acquisition of a luxury resort brand.  It has also announced it will start having Airbnb-branded apartment buildings in the U.S.  Although, those movements have worried me slightly, as I don’t want them to become more like a big hotel brand.

Airbnb has been an incredible product for me as I’ve traveled.  The company, which was valued at $30 billion in 2016, has provided an alternative for people who are looking for something outside of a regular hotel.  I recently stayed at two in Australia, and it was so nice to cook ourselves a Thanksgiving dinner because we had a full kitchen and wonderful place where we could host such an occasion.

I’ve had very few complaints with the service, and the places I’ve stayed thus far have been very nice (for significantly less than what I would have paid for a hotel — especially in Australia!)

So there you have it.  It will be interesting to see where Airbnb’s growth is come next NYE’s, but the company isn’t showing signs of slowing down!

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