The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
Airbnb provides an opportunity for us to welcome visitors to our county, which suffers from one of the lowest per-capita income levels in California. Because we live in a rural area, numerous visitors from the San Francisco Bay Area and elsewhere come to our county specifically because they want to experience staying in our semi-rural home. In fact, we estimate that a minimum of 75% of our visitors WOULD NOT COME TO OUR AREA if it were not for Airbnb. They are coming for the rural Airbnb experience and would not come to visit, let alone stay in a local motel. In fact, many Airbnb guests choose our home, even though their reason for travel (a wedding, a business meeting, etc.) may be an hour's drive from here. While they stay with us, they contribute to the local economy by spending money at grocery stores, restaurants, antique/collectibles shops, gas stations and more. We keep a guidebook of local attractions and resources, thus boosting our community's economy and profile. We can say with confidence that Airbnb has helped us bring many, many people to our county who would otherwise choose to stay elsewhere; additionally, these, travelers are not seeking a motel/hotel experience.