The Big Game to Bring Economic Opportunity to Atlanta

Airbnb is a company that was built on big events. In 2007, Airbnb co-founders Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia noticed all the hotels in San Francisco were booked solid during a design conference. They grabbed a few air mattresses, built a website and promised a home-cooked breakfast for their guests. When they opened their homes to Michael, Kat, and Amol that weekend, the Airbnb community was born. Over the years, we’ve seen the host community help cities use existing space to scale accommodations and welcome the influx of visitors.

In February, Atlanta will be home to the Big Game and is expected to reap $180 million in economic growth throughout the weekend. This is a huge boon for hosts looking to make additional income in the New Year, helping thousands of guests looking for a place to stay as they travel to cheer on their favorite team in the Big Game.

3,829 Guests Expected

$1.35 M Host Earnings

Based on Airbnb data, we expect guests will come from more than 742 cities, 36 countries and 46 states. Below are the top 10 city origins for guests traveling to see the Big Game in Atlanta between January 27 and February 3:

1. New York City, New York

2. Chicago, Illinois

3. New Orleans, Louisiana

4. Los Angeles, California

5. Nashville, Tennessee

6. Boston, Massachusetts

7. Washington, D.C.

8. Houston, Texas

9. Austin, Texas

10. Baltimore, Maryland 

Guests will stay across Atlanta, helping democratize travel and capitalism by allowing hosts and small businesses to earn important income throughout the big event. The top 10 neighborhood destinations based on current bookings throughout the week of January 27 to February 3 are:

1. Downtown

2. Midtown

3. Grant Park

4. Old Fourth Ward

5. Home Park

6. North Buckhead

7. Sherwood Forest/Ansley Park

8. Piedmont Heights/Morningside/Lenox

9. Lindbergh/Morosgo/Pine Hills

10. Edgewood 

To learn more about how the Airbnb provides an important source of income for hosts and ensures travelers have a place to stay, as well as the Atlanta host community, visit here.

*Based on internal Airbnb data measuring future guest bookings and host earnings January 27 – February 3, 2019.

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