Airbnb users pre­fer to have coun­try lo­ca­tions

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - News -

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.

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