Airbnb hosts in Athens have been welcoming guests into their homes since 2009. Over the past five years, Athens 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 Athens. Economic, social, and environmental impacts have all been evaluated to understand how Airbnb fits into the city. The analysis is based on all travel to Athens during the year-period from October 2013 through September 2014.
For an overview of Airbnb’s community in Athens, see Airbnb’s Positive Impact in Athens.
Diverse communities around the world are already seeing the personal social benefits of the sharing economy. These peer-to-peer transactions build community, foster cultural exchange, and strengthen empathy and understanding.
I feel a sense of fulfillment since I started hosting on airbnb. The apartment where I live is now open to the world. The overall hosting experience has enriched my life. It feels like traveling through the eyes of my guests.
-Doros T., Athens Airbnb Host
I’ve met people from around the world and become friends with some of them. I realized that sometimes one might have more things in common with a person coming from the other side of the globe than with a person living next door.
-Athens Airbnb Host
The data above reflects travel to Athens from October 2013 through September 2014.