Queenstown Airbnb guests pump $89m into economy

Airbnb guests have generated an estimated $700 million for the New Zealand economy last year.

A Deloitte report about the economic impact of the accommodation rental website found three quarters of guest spending was on services and goods other than accommodation.

About 1.4 million people stayed with Airbnb last year, with two-thirds of them being overseas visitors.

Figures from Stats NZ and a survey of Airbnb guests found 22% of what guests spent around the country was at restaurants, cafes and bars.

A fifth of the total spending went to leisure activities such as entertainment and museums.

Guests in Auckland spent the most at $200 million, followed by those in Queenstown who spent $89 million last year.

The report acknowledged issues with Airbnb, such as increased noise levels in neighbourhoods and pressure on the availability of long term accommodation.

It suggested that appropriate regulation could help to address those concerns.

Add a Comment

Our journalists are your neighbours

We are the South's eyes and ears in crucial council meetings, at court hearings, on the sidelines of sporting events and on the frontline of breaking news.

As our region faces uncharted waters in the wake of a global pandemic, Otago Daily Times continues to bring you local stories that matter.

We employ local journalists and photographers to tell your stories, as other outlets cut local coverage in favour of stories told out of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

You can help us continue to bring you local news you can trust by becoming a supporter.

Become a Supporter