Airbnb has proved a
lifesaver to many South African women hosts, giving an
especially welcome financial boost to single mothers,
according to latest statistics released by the hotel and
guest lodge booking platform.
In the report,
Across the BRICS: How Airbnb Connects the Emerging
Economies, the platform detailed how the service
contributed towards gross domestic product (GDP) in
Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
"South Africa has seen the strongest growth in guest
arrivals from BRICS nations at 380%, with explosive
year-over-year growth in guests arriving from Brazil, by
a factor of nine. South African hosts' total income
earned from BRICS-based guests ranks the highest of the
five countries at $1,88m (about R24,3 million)," the
"The typical woman host in South Africa earned nearly $2
000 (R25 917.10) last year, more income than earned by
the typical women hosts in other countries. More than
60% of women hosts in South Africa are Superhosts ¡V
hosts who are specially designated by Airbnb as hosting
guests frequently, receiving a high number of five-star
reviews, and being exceptionally responsive to guests
and committed to reservations with 60% of South African
women hosts with children, i.e., single mothers, use
(sic) their Airbnb income to help them stay in their
homes," it said.
About 5,3 million Airbnb users from developing nations
generated more than $467 million over the past year,
according to the latest statistics released by the app.
The year-on-year growth rate of intra-BRICS guest
arrivals was reported at 134%, according to the study.
With interest in travel and tourism on the rise,
reaching 10% of global GDP in 2017, Airbnb allows BRICS
countries to benefit in their share of the income, said
Airbnb is an online marketplace and hospitality service
that helps people lease or rent short-term lodging,
including vacation rentals, apartment rentals, homestays,
hostel beds or hotel rooms with 97% of the listing price
going directly to hosts. ¡V Source: