Airbnb growth in London exceeds 4 million

Airbnb London

Airbnb passed a significant milestone yesterday as the millionth person stayed with the website.

Airbnb have been offering accommodation in the city since 2008.

According to Airbnb, it took 4 years for pass the 1 million guest mark, yet just 2 to scream past 4 million.

Profitability for Airbnb

The small company based in Silicon Valley only become profitable in 2016.

Most popular areas

  • Lambeth
  • Croydon
  • Millbank
  • Camberwell
  • Hounslow

Paris was the most popular city in terms of visitors to London, followed closely by New York, Singapore and Melbourne.

Airbnb crackdown

London could play host to a similar Airbnb crackdown as shown by other European countries. The chair of the UK parliament’s influential Business, Innovation, and Skills (BIS) select committee Ian Wright wrote to the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to ask whether he thinks greater restrictions should be placed on Airbnb hosts.

James McClure, General Manager for Airbnb in Northern Europe, had this to say: “Airbnb continues to break records as guests from around the world seek authentic travel experiences in London homes and communities. Airbnb is growing because our platform reflects the way people live, work and travel in the 21st century and we are excited to see the novel ways Airbnb hosts are connecting guests to London’s vibrant culture. We’ve taken important steps to ensure Airbnb’s growth in London is sustainable and good news for everyone. We will continue to be good partners to everyone in the city and work together to help more guests discover the hidden gems in this great city.”

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