A new global report has been released revealing that guests in Dublin have spent €66 million in local restaurants since September 2016.
The report, entitled Airbnb: Generating $6.5 billion for restaurants around the world, focuses on 44 cities, including Dublin, and showcases the benefits guests bring when they stay in local neighbourhoods.
It states that the city’s eateries have benefited from a dramatic rise in guest spending, increasing €25 million since the same time last year. Across the ten European cities cited in the report, including London, Paris, and Barcelona, guests have spent more than €2.5 billion, an increase of over €700 million from 2016.
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The average guest spend in restaurants is between $40-$100 per night. 43% of all guest spending occurs in the neighbourhood in which guests are staying, and 56% of guests who saved money by using Airbnb spent more on food and shopping.
James McClure, general manager for Airbnb Northern Europe, commented, “Local businesses are getting a huge boost in guest spending whenever Airbnb guests are in town. This is a testament to the popularity of the city, and of the restaurants in local communities, all of which are getting a much needed boost by welcoming travellers to their neighbourhoods.”
The report comes as Airbnb announces it is expanding into restaurant reservations as part of a plan to become a full-service travel-booking company.