Jacksonville Airbnb community welcomes record numbers of guests

Jacksonville: Airbnb has announced its host community in Jacksonville welcomed a record 1,600 guests and earned a combined $300,000 over the weekend.

This coincided with Saturday’s American college football match between Florida and Georgia, which has long been hyped as a noteworthy sporting rivalry.

Airbnb reported that the weekend’s festivities meant Jacksonville was one of the United States’ top 10 host cities for the week.

Airbnb and other short-term rentals are a rapidly growing industry that the south-eastern city of Jacksonville is looking to cash in on.

City leaders are exploring the possibility of collecting bed taxes from Airbnb hosts as it is something that is already done in more than half of the rest of the counties in Florida. Airbnb will step in to collect and remit those taxes if the city passes legislation to collect them.

In September, Airbnb reported that of the Floridians in rural counties, Nassau County and Flagler County made the list of five counties where combined host income exceeded $1 million between August 2017 and August 2018. Flagler County saw its 240 hosts welcome 14,000 guests in that time period, while the 130 hosts in Nassau County welcomed 10,200 guests.

In the state of Florida, 40,000 hosts welcome nearly 3 million guests a year, earning about $6,700 annually.