Response to criticism
Airbnb visitors spend a third more on eating out in Scotland
Serving up benefits: More spent on food (pic: Terry Murden)
Spending in Scottish restaurants and cafes by guests using short-lettings service Airbnb is expected to rise by nearly a third this year.
New figures provided by the company are projected to show that visitors will splash out an estimated £223 million on eating out, against £162m in 2018.
According to the survey, 93% of hosts in Scotland said that they recommend local restaurants and cafes to guests, driving more people to visit places they might not otherwise discover.
Guests on the platform are projected to spend £95m in Edinburgh this year, against £75m in 2018.
They spent almost a third (31%) of their total trip budget on food when visiting Scotland and nearly half (43%) of all guest spending occurred in the neighbourhood in which they were staying, multiplying the economic benefits of the Airbnb community beyond the platform.
The survey will be seen as an attempt to counter criticism of the impact of short term lettings on local communities by stressing the benefits they bring.
Airbnb’s guest community spent at least an estimated £19 billion at restaurants and cafes in 2018 globally, based on data for 46 countries and regions alone. If spending levels remain the same, Airbnb guests are estimated to spend over £24 billion at restaurants and cafes in these same locations in 2019.