Hudson Valley Airbnb hosts earned $14 million in five big 2019 weekends

Local homeowners earned  a combined $13.8 million in income while welcoming approximately 55,800 guest arrivals for the five biggest guest arrival weekends in 2019 across the region, including Columbus Day Weekend, Memorial Day Weekend, Labor Day Weekend, and peak fall foliage tourism weekends, according to the company.

During the five biggest weekends of 2019, Airbnb hosts in the Mid Hudson earned $13.8 million. These weekends in 2019 included: 

2019 Weekend Dates

Total Guest Arrivals

Total Host Income

Upcoming 2020 Weekend Dates

May 24-26, 2019

11,800

$2.8 million

May 22-24, 2020

October 11-13, 2019

11,700

$2.5 million

October 9-11, 2020

August 30-September 1, 2019

11,300

$3 million

September 4-6, 2020

October 18-20, 2019

10,600

$2.3 million

October 16-18, 2020

August 16-18, 2019

10,400

$3.2 million

August 14-16, 2020

 

As usual, Ulster County led the way by a wide margin among Mid-Hudson counties.

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County

Total 2019 Guest Arrivals

Total 2019 Host Income

Dutchess

57,700

$10 million

Orange

45,800

$7 million

Putnam

10,900

$2.1 million

Rockland

8,300

$1.6 million

Sullivan

34,300

$5.1 million

Ulster

184,600

$31.9 million

Westchester

36,800

$8.8 million

“The home sharing community provides significant value through expanded lodging capacity for Mid Hudson communities when hotels sell out during big events,” stated a release from Airbnb. “These include major conventions and concerts, and during summer tourism or ski season.”

The company also boasted that its business model brings money into communities, rather than siphoning it out (presumably as other tech companies are sometimes accused of doing). 

“Since Airbnb was founded, hosts keep 97 percent and have earned over $65 billion sharing their homes that many use to pay the bills and pursue their passions,” stated the release. 

Not everyone is thrilled with the growth of short-term rentals, which have been blamed by neighbors for increased noise and for contributing to a rise in housing costs, particularly for resident renters. The issue has been at the forefront in places like Gardiner and Woodstock

 

There are 12 comments

  1. Lea Cullen Boyer

    Airbnbs are the most transparent and properly taxed lodging options. All finances are run through the Airbnb website. There is no way to hide or slip under the table. There are no cash customers nor are any of the accountants working for the host.

    What does happen is Airbnb hosts bring money into the community which we tend to spend on other local businesses. It’s in everyone’s best interest to keep the Catskill economy resilient. Paying my neighbor a right livelihood to do housekeeping or carpentry, or management, or fuel oil, or plumbing all builds a strong Catskill economy.

    Mega Hotels live on the Walmart model, underpaying, offering better packaging with less value products and vacuuming money out of town.

    When I see the “grssroots” uneighborly BS printed and Facebooked, about short term rentals I remind myself that so far as I’ve seen, corporate hospitality has only hired 2 locals at a fair wage a rock wall builder and a most savvy publicist. The business model is to divide.

    When you see anti-local rants know they are designed to craft a narrative favorable to big business. Dont let yourself get caught up in being a corporate mouth peice.

  2. Jp

    For one thing, there isnt enough hotels in our area for all the visitors anyway….also, people getting away for a vacation or weekend getaway don’t want to stay in a hotel…..they want to experience the beautiful area we live in. I say let them keep coming and spending their money….in the end, we all benefit.

  3. Bill H

    Reading some of the Nay-sayer posts above Is bewildering. Maybe we have been in a state of regional economic depression for so long that we are unable to recognize opportunities when we see them. Better than waiting for another large corporation to come and save us is for us to create a healthy vibrant economy of our own.

    And for those wondering negatively about whether or not Airbnb host pay taxes, you don’t have to wonder. Just go learn about it.

  4. Cancel The Majestic Family!

    No big corporations are coming. Property values in most towns are barely keeping up with inflation.

    New Paltz’s wise current village government (Tim Rogers, not the Jason West-led crew of jokers) chose registration of rentals, reasonable rules, annual property registration with fee.
    Downtown New Paltz has thriving businesses, great parks and trails, a better selection shopping and dining options than ever.

    Contrast that with the Gardiner government – inventing problems with short term rentals, a reaction to issues with the party Yogi Bear campground (no noise ordinance, no enforcement, DJs playing into the night.)
    Main St Gardiner, save for the stretch from the bend to the Pizza place – has for lease signs everywhere downtown, even right by the rail trail. To be honest, looks like a central NY wasteland town, not one 90 miles from NYC…

    I live next to an “Airbnb” – the pleasant owner and her renters have been nothing but respectful. Ulster County levies a 2% room tax, which they’ve collected for last 3 years. They have data on all Airbnb users and are all over collecting their piece.

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