Over 4.5 million visitors used Airbnb to stay in Florida last year, app says

About 4.5 million people used Airbnb to stay in Florida in 2018, the room and house rental platform said on Tuesday.

The state’s approximately 45,000 hosts have raised $ 810 million, according to Airbnb. The Tampa Bay area hosts won nearly $ 113 million in total, bringing together Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties.

About 954,000 people visiting Miami-Dade County used Airbnb, making it the most popular app location in Florida. Pinellas County came in fourth, with hosts totaling $ 44.3 million offering short-term rentals to 232,000 visitors. The Hillsborough hosts made about half that amount with a total of $ 20.5 million. Hosts Pasco and Hernando won $ 2.8 million and $ 1.2 million, respectively.

“This comes as Florida homeowners increasingly embrace the roommate and vacation rental platform as an opportunity to earn extra income and make ends meet,” Airbnb wrote in a statement. “Yet statewide data indicates that Airbnb and its host community appear to complement – rather than compete with – the Florida hotel industry.”

The number of hotels continued to rise, bringing in record tax revenues for Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. Airbnb also charges visitors the tourist tax for overnight stays, but most of the millions collected from the tax come from hotels.

Airbnb is expected to release the amount of tourist tax it will remit to counties in Florida by next month.

Contact Sara DiNatale at [email protected] Follow @sara_dinatale.

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