This amount was revealed in the company’s data report which was released to coincide with the Tourism Indaba taking place in Durban this month.
“It shows that Airbnb supports regular South Africans to share their home, while growing and diversifying the tourism industry across the country” said Nicola D'Elia, Managing Director for Africa & Middle East at Airbnb.
Please find a blogpost detailing the data as well as the full report here.
The report also shows that South African hosts welcomed almost 400 000 guests into their homes in 2016 alone - including close to 150 000 South Africans. Airbnb visitors are no conventional tourists, as 85% want to live like a local and 30% of all visitors said they would not have stayed as long as they did in the country were it not for the home-sharing platform.
The report comes 1.5 years after the launch of the Airbnb Community Compact, where Airbnb pledged to work with governments and tourism organisations alike. The report is based on internal company data from January 1 2016 to December 31 2016.
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