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Summer Airbnb was big business in Idaho

Fremont County Air BNB homes generated $5.1 million in business this summer, according to Airbnb statistics released Wednesday. The stats reflect booking data for the period May 24 through September 2, 2019.

Rentals also generated $2.87 million in Teton County, $2.5 million in Blaine County, $893,400 in Bonneville County, $499,000 in Madison County and $395,400 in Bannock County.

In addition to rentals, Airbnb bookings also accounted for a lot of extra visitors. In Fremont County, there were 33,100 summer guest arrivals. Teton County saw 22,300, Blaine County 10,400, Bonneville County 12,100, Madison County 8,800, and Bannock County 5,800.

Statewide, Airbnb welcomed 230,100 guests for a combined $29.5 million in supplemental income.

“Whether it’s a giant potato or a private room in a home, the Airbnb community is expanding tourism options across Idaho, generating significant, positive economic impact across the state. With more guest arrivals this summer than ever before, hosts and small businesses are receiving an economic boost from this expanded tourism economy and Idaho is receiving additional tax revenue as a result of this growth,” said Laura Spanjian, Airbnb Senior Policy Director for the Northwest. “As we look ahead to fall, we remain committed to working communities around the state to ensure short-term rentals continue contributing to the Idaho economy.”

The top five city destinations in Idaho were Boise, Island Park, Couer d’Alene, McCall, and Victor. The travelers booking Airbnb listings came from Boise, Salt Lake, Seattle, Portland, and Meridian.

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