Edmonton is on Airbnb’s “Trendy Destinations” list

Edmonton is quickly becoming a go-to destination for short-term vacation rentals, according to rankings from online marketplace juggernaut Airbnb.

The capital of Alberta was among the top three “trending destinations” in Airbnb’s annual year-end ranking.

The online rental site, which includes listings of vacation rentals, hostel beds and hotel rooms around the world, has more than 3,000,000 listings in 65,000 cities and 191 countries.

Alberta’s Capital Region is attracting a growing number of Airbnb travelers, with a 284% increase in annual bookings, according to annual data compiled by Airbnb.

Edmonton came third on the ‘trendy destination list’, behind Gangneung, Korea, and Bournemouth, UK

Trending destinations

  • Gangneung, Korea – 2175%
  • Bournemouth, UK – 353%
  • Edmonton, AB – 284%
  • Indianapolis, Indiana – 256%
  • Da Nang, Vietnam – 255%
  • Columbus, Ohio – 254%
  • Gazimagusa, Cyprus – 234%
  • Bilbao, Spain – 234%
  • Hanoi, Vietnam – 212%
  • Matinhos, Brazil – 209%
  • Cardiff, UK – 206%
  • Guarapari, Brazil – 205%
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota – 193%
  • Oita, Japan – 190%
  • Dunedin, New Zealand – 185%
  • Mar del Plata, Argentina – 181%
  • Fernie, BC – 179%
  • Zagreb, Croatia – 175%
  • Mykonos, Greece – 173%
  • Mazatlan, Mexico – 169%

What is the general trend this year?

“Laid-back beach towns, mountain retreats and mid-sized towns” top the company’s list of destinations, which are seeing renewed interest.

In North America, destinations within driving distance of the Canadian Rockies, including Fernie and Kelowna and the “urban center” of Edmonton, are attracting growing numbers of guests, Airbnb said.

Cities like Paris, New York and London are the mainstays of the most booked cities list.

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