In Florida, tourism is big business. The state welcomed over 116 million visitors last year.
These numbers have supported a thriving hospitality industry for decades, but now an increasing number of visitors are choosing to book Airbnb rentals.
There are currently over 40,000 properties across the state listed on Airbnb.
Airbnb spokesman Ben Breit said there has been yearly growth in Florida for both Airbnb and traditional hotels.
“Year after year, there are more guests and more Airbnb hosts, there is more money being spent,” he said.
The company recently published a list featuring the most desirable property in each of Florida’s 67 counties.
The results are determined by the Airbnb properties that are most wish-listed by users.
The list reflects some of the most unique and worthwhile rentals available in Florida, many of which are often booked far in advance due to high demand.
The most wish-listed property for Charlotte County is Bobby’s Fully Furnished Resort Home, a tiny house in Punta Gorda, available for only $55 a night.
The one-bedroom, one-bathroom property has a five-star rating with 68 reviews.
The rental’s page on Airbnb indicates that the listing has been viewed hundreds of times in the past week.
The tiny home is located near Tamiami Trail and Burnt Store Road in Punta Gorda.
Airbnb shows that the property is fully booked until early September, and only has limited availability through May 2019.
Sarasota County’s top wish-listed property is Michael’s Tropical Escape near University Parkway and Lockwood Ridge Road in Sarasota.
The property is available for $118 a night and comfortably sleeps 1 to 12 people with room for up to 24. Airbnb indicates the home is 1,400 square feet.
According to Breit, Airbnb hosts provide expanded lodging for people who may not otherwise be able to find local accommodations.
“A great case study for your area is Spring Training, since there is not an overwhelming number of large hotels in Charlotte County. Then, all of a sudden there are all these people coming in,” said Breit.
Breit says local Airbnb hosts are able to help meet the increased demand for lodging during March and April.
“It’s good for the local economy to have people staying within the limits of Charlotte County, not just spending money with their hosts, but at small businesses and restaurants,” he said.
“That type of economic activity has a tremendous amount of benefit.”
Airbnb statistics state that 45 percent of their hosts in Florida are seniors. They collectively earned more than $150 million through the app in 2017.
This article provided by NewsEdge.