Airbnb says most of its hosts are women

The vacation rental business is a woman’s job, at least for the most part with the customer base of rental home marketing giant Airbnb.

As National Women’s Day approaches Monday and during National Women’s Month in March – and with vacation home regulation bills creeping in again this legislative session – Airbnb has released some internal data which estimates that 55% of its real estate hosts worldwide are women.

In Florida, the percentage of new hosts with a single registration since March 2020 who are female is about the same, with percentages ranging from 51% to 65% in the busiest areas of the business in Florida.

Airbnb released the data late last week to show that many of its guest hosts share a similar success story: of women in need of making extra cash, especially during the coronavirus economic crisis, which turn a property into a vacation rental and find a new source of income that we desperately need.

As has been an annual effort for several consecutive years – a futile effort until last year – the vacation rental industry supports legislation to anticipate local laws and regulations governing where and how homes, apartments and other units could be made into short term rentals. The latest legislation, Sen. Manny Diaz Jr.’s Senate Bill 522 be p. Jason fischer‘s Bill 219 move by the Senate and House committees. Their goal is to replace a patchwork of local laws and rules with uniform state regulation, opening up currently closed or tightly restricted markets in various communities.

The counter-argument, which has helped sink similar measures in recent years, is led by towns and counties who argue that not everyone likes to see random homes turned into vacation homes next door, and that communities should have the right to restrict them as local residents. see good.

One thing at stake here, Airbnb suggests, is an industry helping women take a stand in Florida’s injured but still dominant hotel economy.

“Even under the difficult circumstances of a global pandemic and a record departure of women from the workforce, we have seen many women become new Airbnb hosts for the first time, including across the state of Florida.” Airbnb said in a statement. press release presenting the data.

In one recently published story on the Airbnb site, the company offers the example of a woman from Pennsylvania named Jenny radick who lived in his father’s basement, worked nights in a restaurant and looked after her little boy. She borrowed money from her family, used her credit cards to the max, bought a small cabin, rehabilitated it, and rented it through Airbnb. She quickly found herself on a solid financial footing, earning enough money to turn vacation rental accommodation into a full-time occupation.

“Jenny’s story rings true for many women on Airbnb who list their properties to earn extra income to support their families and in some cases make hosting a career,” the written story reports by Catherine powell, Global Head of Hosting for Airbnb. “The Airbnb community is, and always has been, driven by women. “

According to data from Airbnb of people with a single listing who welcomed their first guests during the pandemic:

– In Florida’s Central Gulf Coast region, 57% of hosts are women, and they’ve earned $ 3.5 million in the past year.

– In Orlando, 51% are women and they earned $ 3.4 million.

– In Panama City Beach, 65% are women and they earned $ 1.4 million.

– In the Atlantic Coast region of South Florida, 56% are female and earned $ 3.1 million.

– In the South Gulf Coast region of Florida, 59% are women and they earned $ 5.1 million last year.

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