Nebraska Airbnb bookings has more than doubled this year

Published on : Thursday, December 21, 2017

AirbnbNebraskans had enough rooms to spare in 2017 and it leveraged a rich opportunity of about $4.3 million by renting out guest rooms, apartments and entire homes via Airbnb.


Annual estimates from the online room-sharing service had witnessed guest arrivals in the Cornhusker State at about 46,000 this year.


The current figures is over 22,000 bookings from last year in which people utilizing the online service had rented a room or apartment or an entire home, from Nebraskans. This also marked a year in which hosts had taken in as much as $2.5 million.


Amidst the growth a few hotel industry professionals mentioned that the room-sharing service is an unfair competitor as it seemingly deprived local coffers of revenue like motel taxes and hotel taxes.


The Nebraska Hotel & Lodging Association mentioned last year that if short-term rentals and the platforms supporting them are eager to be considered legal players in the lodging industry they should follow the rules as does the rest of the industry.


In a report published last year, global hotel consultant HVS listed the total tax rates assessed in 149 U.S. urban centres. It then calculated that the total tax of Omaha was about 17.5%.


Those taxes were seen by tourism boosters as a source of revenue for local spending and the taxes are not assessed on Airbnb bookings.


But then Airbnb said that it would not be able to coexist with hotels.


The online service points to growth in local Airbnb bookings that coincides with higher occupancy rates at Omaha-area hotels as per the data collected from hotel market researcher STR.


Year-to-date occupancy at the local hotels through November was about 60.3% up 0.1% from the same period last year.


The actual demand was up by 2.4% but many new rooms this year had held down occupancy.


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