Orlando area is in Airbnb’s top 10 most popular searches in the United States in the first quarter of 2022 | Orlando Area News | Orlando

Lovebugs have swarmed and tropical waves are forming off the coast of Africa. Our farmer’s almanac tells us the tourists are next. Orlando is once again going to be the hotspot for the worst types of travelers: those who can’t stick to their hotels.

A Airbnb report sharing their first quarter results revealed Orlando Metro as a top 10 search for staycations among US residents. The report singles out Four Corners, an area where Lake, Orange, Osceola and Polk counties meet, as particularly hot.

The region came ninth, behind five other Florida destinations in the top 10. Those locations were Fort Walton Beach, Cape San Blas, Mexico Beach, Fort Myers and Cape Coral.

Although the report offers no rationale, Airbnbs’ surge may be due in part to the dearth of budget resorts around the increasingly expensive parks. Of course, Airbnb whole-home rentals are only worsening Orlando’s ongoing housing crisis, which has reached levels that have prompted local lawmakers to seek a declaration of a state of emergency.

But hey, enjoy your Dole Whip!

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