Airbnb Hosts Welcome Spike in Visitors for Grand Canyon’s 100th Birthday

As the Grand Canyon celebrates 100 years since its designation as a National Park, travelers from around the world are making plans to commemorate this historical wonder of the world.

Williams, Arizona, the gateway city to the park, has seen a 315 percent growth in spring break bookings over last year, according to Airbnb data.*

Travelers coming from around the world

According to the National Park Service, the Grand Canyon is visited by approximately 6 million travelers from around the world each year. Here are countries and cities with the most Airbnb guests traveling to the gateway city to the park:

Top Countries

  • United States
  • China
  • France
  • Germany
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Australia
  • Netherlands
  • Spain
  • Belgium

Top Cities

  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • New York City, NY
  • San Diego, CA
  • Mesa, AZ
  • Tucson, AZ
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Chandler, AZ
  • Houston, TX
  • Paris, France

Helping the city accommodate more visitors

Williams, with its historic downtown and easy access to the Grand Canyon, has long been a popular destination for travelers visiting the national park. By sharing their Homes with guests, Airbnb hosts are making it possible for more visitors to make the trek to northeastern Arizona to take in the park’s beauty.

Airbnb guest arrivals to Williams have grown steadily ahead of the park’s 100th anniversary. There were more than 25,000 Airbnb guest arrivals to Williams in 2018, a 116 percent increase over the previous year.**

Airbnb provides a flexible lodging stock that helps cities like Williams accommodate an influx of visitors for popular weekends and big events, like the 2017 solar eclipse. Hosts complement existing lodging providers by providing additional rooms, including options for travelers looking for more affordable stays and families who want to stay together under one roof.

Healthy tourism supporting local residents and the community

At a time when travel is 10 percent of the global economy and growing, Airbnb is healthy travel that is local and authentic.

Airbnb supports the communities travelers are visiting, generating tax revenue, driving visitor spending to local businesses and creating authentic connections.

*Based on internal Airbnb data for year-over-year growth for bookings made for March 1 – April 21, 2019 compared to the same booking period in 2018.

**Based on internal Airbnb data for January 1 – December 31, 2018.

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