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Long Island Airbnb Hosts Earned $47 Million in 2018

Airbnb, the world’s leading community driven hospitality company, has announced that its Long Island host community earned approximately $47 million in total supplemental income while welcoming approximately 139,200 guest arrivals to the region in 2018.


This comes as Long Island residents increasingly embrace the home sharing platform as an opportunity to earn supplemental income and make ends meet. In Nassau County, there are now approximately 560 hosts who share their homes via Airbnb, typically earning about $7,800 annually in supplemental income. In Suffolk County, there are now approximately 3,600 hosts who share their homes via Airbnb, typically earning about $11,400 annually in supplemental income.

“2018 was another great year for Airbnb on Long Island, with more local residents and small businesses able to benefit from the economic opportunities created by home sharing than ever before,” said Josh Meltzer, Head of Northeast Public Policy. “As we reflect on this past year and celebrate the beginning of a new one, we are proud to have played a small role in countless memories and cultural exchanges across Long Island — from  summer trips to leaf peeping to the holiday season. We look forward to continuing to help New York families earn extra income while allowing countless communities to enjoy the tourism economy in 2019.”

Throughout 2018, the home sharing community has provided significant value to Long Island communities during big events, such as the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club and along the North and South Shore during summer tourism season. With Airbnb, local families have been able to tap into increased demand by opening up their home and making some extra income, while ensuring visiting guests will have access to affordable accommodations.

2018 also brought the launch of Airbnb Plus — a selection of one-of-a-kind, design-focused Homes that have been inspected and verified in person against a 100+ point checklist covering cleanliness, comfort and design. In 2019, the Plus platform will be expanding to the Hamptons Region.


What follows is an overview of 2018 guest arrivals and total host income, broken down by county.



Total 2018 Guest Arrivals

Total 2018 Host Income



$5.3 million



$42.1 million


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New York Trend is a weekly news publication that focuses on issues and lifestyles of the African & Caribbean American communities throughout the New York metropolitan area and Nassau and Suffolk Counties of Long Island. It is a respected and well recognized news publication that has been in existence since 1989. Owner, Publisher and Executive Director, Dr. Teresa Taylor Williams has been at the helm of this award-winning publication since its inception. New York Trend continues to be the only black woman-owned, metropolitan newspaper in New York and Long island. New York Trend is the largest black-owned newspaper throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.

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