From 90,000 guests booking their accommodation in 2010 via Airbnb, the peer-to-peer market leader has recently announced a phenomenal Summer with a record 17 million travellers booking from 150 countries. Airbnb reports that the average age of these travellers was 35 years old, and 54% of the guests were women and 46% were men.
A curious stat that could (and should) have been elaborated, sheds some light on the demand for non-conventional forms of accommodation. As the graph below shows, Summer 2015 brought some important business to boat owners with 50,000 travellers choosing to sleep in a boat for their holiday accommodation.
Unfortunately, this Airbnb report falls short of any further detail or metrics that could somewhat aide hosts in improving their product or selecting future investments. There is nothing either about Airbnb’s business; commissions, cancellations, fake hosts and other metrics important to form a context.