TechCrunch goes on to deliver some stats that kind of say a lot about Airbnb's influence over the tourism market. Referencing a study conducted in November, it said:
"Airbnb guests 'helped contribute $56 million in total activity to the San Francisco economy from June 2011 to May 2012, the vast majority of which was unrelated to the money they spent on lodging.'
According to the study, guests renting apartments or lodgings through Airbnb spent $12.7 million on their accommodations, but spent an additional $43.1 million on local activities and events"
Hard to argue with numbers like those. Or the fact that Airbnb recently received a whopping $2.5 billion valuation after its most recent round of funding. That's a lot of cash for a company young enough to be Conrad Hilton's great-grandson.
But our original question still stands: Have you ever booked a night on Airbnb? Would you rate it better, worse, or about the same as a hotel experience? How do you feel about Airbnb encroaching on hotel territory? Drop your thoughts below! or send us an email!