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Super Bowl Airbnb Guests Will Bring $21 Million To Bay Area

Business Travel | Gabe Zaldivar | February 02, 2016

Super Bowl Airbnb Guests Will Bring $21 Million To Bay Area

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Behold the great Super Bowl migration, which comes bearing millions for the local economy.

That is some of what we found in Airbnb’s intriguing report centered on the economic impact of travelers using the service this coming week during the nation’s most beloved sporting event.

For those who have more of an affinity for the Puppy Bowl, we will start by explaining that Super Bowl 50 is headed to Santa Clara, home of Levi’s Stadium, which in turn houses the San Francisco 49ers. This week, however, it belongs to all NFL fans as well as the Broncos and Panthers.

Airbnb did some digging and compiled its data for a report that signals a wealth of riches is headed to Northern California thanks to myriad Airbnb hosts opening their respective doors to guests.In total, a whopping $21 million is estimated to hit the Bay Area thanks to Airbnb guests visiting the area.

The report also features a rough breakdown of how well hosting cities will do as a “projection of estimated income made by Airbnb hosts for Super Bowl reservations.” 

According to the economic impact report, San Jose hosts on a whole can expect an influx of about $600,000 followed closely by Mountain View and Palo Alto both bringing in $400,000 each for their respective locations.

READ MORE: Must-Read Super Bowl Travel Tips

As for number of guests, the report puts a sizable figure on those ditching ordinary means for accommodations, opting for the relatively new Airbnb: “During Super Bowl 50 weekend we project that over 15,000 total guests will be staying with Airbnb hosts in the Bay Area. That is over four times more guests than stayed on Airbnb in the Phoenix area for the Super Bowl in 2015.”

For the discerning traveler, Airbnb remains extremely competitive to what you might find in the form of hotel fees in the area.

The report points to an NBC News report that puts some super prices on Super Bowl hotels: “Going into the weekend, Priceline found 2-star hotels offering rooms at $216 to $599 a night, 3-star hotels asking $329 to $1,199 a night, and just one 4-star hotel with a room to let — at $999 a night.”

Airbnb averages remain on the lower end of the spectrum: “For reservations spanning Super Bowl weekend, the average price of Airbnb bookings is $225 per night across the entire region.”

READ MORE: Bay Area Hubs Prepare For Super Bowl Rush

In addition, the report reminds that it wasn’t long ago that Airbnb introduced its service to the area: “In 2007, Airbnb co-founders Brian and Joe hosted the first three Airbnb guests, all of whom were traveling to San Francisco to attend a design conference.”

It bears repeating, because we stand stunned at how this one particular travel innovation has grown in less than a decade. As we echo the report, the growth is seen in a dramatic rise in money and travelers flooding a burgeoning Airbnb market.

It would be ridiculous to suggest that most travelers have tried Airbnb’s service. It’s clear that a giant swath of the industry is more comfortable with the classic way of doing things. With that being said, things are slowly shifting to reflect a large populace that understands the real value in a sharing industry.

In less than 10 years, Airbnb has been able to accommodate thousands of travelers that bring with them millions with which they are eager to spend. 

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