Airbnb: Phoenix Area Hosts Earn $ 12.9 Million From Spring Training Visitors

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Perhaps inspired by a series of news articles over the past year with headlines such as “Has Airbnb Hurt Arizona’s Hospitality Industry?” Airbnb recently posted a bunch of data showing how much local hosts earned during spring training.

The short answer is: a lot. Specifically, $ 12.9 million in total, or $ 2,350 per host.

Their study looked at the eight cities in the Phoenix metro area that hosted Major League Baseball teams during spring training. According to Airbnb, all eight have seen a significant increase in bookings during this period.

While it is likely that some of these visitors were in town for reasons unrelated to baseball, the data nonetheless offers an interesting glimpse into the economic impact of spring training, namely where people are coming from and how much they spend while they’re here.

A few points to note:

  • California was the top source state for spring training visitors, accounting for 13,344 guests, or about a quarter of all visitors during that time.
  • That’s out of a total of 51,238 guests during the period between Wednesday February 22 and Saturday April 1. (By comparison, Airbnb reported a total of 9,200 guest arrivals in the Phoenix area during the Final Four.)
  • Illinois, Ohio and Washington were other states with strong performances, suggesting Cubs, Reds, Indians and Mariners fans were well represented.
  • Scottsdale received the most out-of-town visitors (19,858 total), followed closely by Phoenix (19,651).
  • Unsurprisingly, Scottsdale appears to be the most lucrative city to run an Airbnb. Hosts earned an average of $ 3,730 each in spring training.
  • Of the eight cities that have hosted MLB teams, Goodyear had the fewest bookings – just 486 in total – and the smallest economic impact. Hosts made an average of $ 1,400 each, and estimated guest expenses were just under $ 500,000, compared to almost $ 3 million in Mesa and Tempe.

If you’re interested, here’s the full city-by-city breakdown during the spring training provided by Airbnb:

GLENDALE

Airbnb guests: 1,448 guest arrivals
Origin of guests: California was the number one home state (389 guests)
Overall peak: 92% increase in guest count from the previous six weeks
stretch, 204% over the next six weeks
Home State Spike: 81 guests arrived from Illinois (Chicago Cubs) compared to
38 in six weeks before and nine after
Total estimated economic impact: $ 1.17 million
Host Income: Glendale Hosts Made $ 315,000 from Home Sharing, a
average of $ 2,120 per host
Estimated guest expenses: $ 860,000

GOOD YEAR

Airbnb guests: 486 guest arrivals
Origin of guests: California was the number one home state (131 guests)
Overall peak: 158% increase in guest count from the previous six weeks
stretch, 215% over the next six weeks. Home State Spike: 61 guests arrived from Ohio (Cincinnati Reds,
Cleveland Indians) compared to three in six weeks before and three after
Total estimated economic impact: $ 549,000
Host Income: Goodyear Hosts earned $ 127,000 from home sharing, a
average $ 1,400 per host
Estimated guest expenses: $ 422,000

MESA

Airbnb guests: 3,610 guest arrivals
Origin of guests: California was the number one home state (708 guests)
Overall peak: 123% increase in guest count from the previous six weeks
stretch, 189 percent over the next six-week stretch Home State Spike: 386 guests arrived from Illinois (Chicago Cubs) versus
to 95 in six weeks before and 52 after
Estimated total economic impact: $ 3.4 million
Host Income: Mesa hosts earned $ 762,000 from sharing the home, a
average of $ 1,990 per host
Estimated Customer Spending: $ 2.67 million

PEORIA

Airbnb guests: 1,056 guest arrivals
Origin of guests: California was the number one home state (303 guests)
Overall peak: 105% increase in guest count from the previous six weeks
stretching, 223 percent over the next six weeks
Home State Spike: 183 guests arrived from Washington (Seattle
Mariners) against 33 in the previous six weeks and 32 after
Total estimated economic impact: $ 983,000
Host Income: Peoria Hosts earned $ 236,000 from sharing the home, a
average of $ 2,350 per host
Estimated guest expenses: $ 747,000

PHOENIX

Airbnb guests: 19,651 guest arrivals
Origin of guests: California was the number one home state (4,684 guests)
Overall peak: 76% increase in guest count from the previous six weeks
stretching, 128 percent over the next six weeks
Home State Spike: 1,126 guests arrived from Illinois (Chicago Cubs)
against 589 in six weeks before and 370 after
Total estimated economic impact: $ 16.1 million
Host Income: The Phoenix hosts earned $ 4,112,000 from sharing the home, a
on average $ 2,300 per host
Estimated customer spend: $ 12 million

SCOTTSDALE

Airbnb guests: 19,858 guest arrivals
Origin of guests: California was the number one home state (5,904 guests)
Overall peak: 78% increase in guest count from the previous six weeks
stretching, 101 percent over the next six weeks
Home State Spike: 1,584 guests arrived from Illinois (Chicago Cubs)
against 787 in six weeks before and 718 after
Estimated total economic impact: $ 18.9 million
Host Income: Scottsdale hosts earned $ 6,271,000 sharing their home,
an average of $ 3,730 per host
Estimated customer spend: $ 12.7 million

SURPRISE

Airbnb guests: 842 guest arrivals
Origin of guests: California was the number one home state (131 guests)
Overall peak: 203% increase in number of guests over the previous six weeks
stretching, 266% over the next six weeks
Home State Spike: 113 guests arrived from Washington (Seattle
Mariners) against 28 six weeks before and 21 after
Total estimated economic impact: $ 978,000
Host Income: Surprise Hosts earned $ 226,000 from sharing the home, a
average $ 2,500 per host
Estimated guest expenses: $ 752,000

TEMPLE

Airbnb guests: 4,287 guest arrivals
Origin of guests: California was the number one home state (1,094 guests)
Overall peak: 86% increase in guest count from the previous six weeks
stretching, 152 percent over the next six weeks
Home State Spike: 374 guests arrived from Illinois (Chicago Cubs)
against 110 in six weeks before and 92 after
Estimated total economic impact: $ 3.7 million
Host Income: The Tempe hosts earned $ 930,000 from sharing the home, a
average $ 2,500 per host
Estimated customer spend: $ 2.8 million

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