AIRBNB HELPS BOLSTER LOCAL BUSINESS

Airbnb guests are estimated to have spent at least $262 million in New Zealand restaurants and cafes in 2018, according to figures released by the peer-to-peer hosting company.

Over 90 percent of New Zealand Airbnb hosts said they recommended restaurants and cafes to guests, with spending forecast to be over $343 million at Kiwi restaurants and cafes in 2019.

“Local hosts play such an important role in encouraging guests to try out local venues and spend their money in the communities in which they’re staying,” said Airbnb’s country manager for Australia and New Zealand, Susan Wheeldon.

“The unique nature of our platform encourages guests to get off the well-beaten path and stay and spend in areas outside the traditional tourism areas.”

Airbnb guests staying in Auckland alone spent at least $72 million on restaurants and cafes in 2018. For 2019, that figure is expected to exceed $84 million.

Globally Airbnb guest spent at least an estimated $36 billion at restaurants in cafes in 2018, based on data for 46 countries and regions. If spending levels match projections, the figure is estimated to exceed $45 billion in these same locations in 2019.

“We’re committed to doing our part to ensure tourism continues to grow sustainably and also benefits those areas that have traditionally missed out, such as communities across regional New Zealand,” said Wheeldon.