Airbnb users prefer to have country locations
FORGET the idea of the typical Airbnb user being an overseas visitor staying in an inner-city studio in Melbourne or a sunny apartment at Bondi.
A global survey released by the home-sharing provider reveals more than half of its bookings in Australia are now for stays in country towns or coastal resorts.
Australia is the only major country in the world where regional Airbnb stays outnumber city bookings, accounting for 56%, or
1.7 million guest arrivals, last year.
While foreign visitors are flocking to our major cities with their Airbnb-available spare rooms, it is locals flying interstate for mini breaks who are fuelling the growing popularity of lazy long weekends in the country.
The most popular regional destinations for Airbnb travellers were Cairns, Noosa and the Gold Coast in Queensland, Byron Bay in NSW, the Great Ocean Rd in Victoria, Margaret River in Western Australia, and Robe, Victor Harbor and Kangaroo Island in South Australia.