Airbnb hosts in France have been welcoming guests into their homes since 2008. Over the past seven years, France residents have formed a vibrant Airbnb community, sharing unique experiences with travelers from around the world.
The following report examines the impacts of Airbnb and its community in France. Economic and social impacts have all been evaluated to understand how Airbnb fits into the country. The analysis is based on all travel to and within France during the year-period from September 2014 through August 2015.
Airbnb’s Host Community
Between September 2014 and August 2015, 140,000 French hosts welcomed guests into their homes. The average host is 42 years old. 13% of all hosts are retired and 23% are independent or entrepreneurs.
More than half Airbnb hosts earn under the median income for France. Booked listings in France have more than doubled annually since 2010.
Airbnb’s Guest Community
Since 2008, more than six million guests have used Airbnb to explore France. The number of guests using Airbnb has grown steadily since 2010, with visitation more than doubling each year. 86% of guests in France visited for vacation and leisure or to see friends and family. 84% of Airbnb guests are looking to explore a specific neighborhood.
With the exception of the case studies (Paris, Lyon, Bordeaux), this report focuses on the country of France. The findings in this report are based on data about Airbnb hosts and visitors to and within France from September 2014 through August 2015, as well as on hosts and guests surveys. French economic consultancy Asterès reviewed all data and calculations used in this report and conducted the economic impact analysis.
The photography in this report is from Gregory Guirao, Cyril Folliot, Victor Perez, and Marta Szczesniak.