ANNAPOLIS, MD — Airbnb, the world’s leading community driven hospitality company, announced today that its Maryland host community earned a total of approximately $57 million in supplemental income while welcoming approximately 383,600 guest arrivals to the state in 2018.
This comes as Maryland residents increasingly embrace the home sharing platform as an opportunity to earn supplemental income and make ends meet. There are now over 6,500 Maryland hosts who share their homes via Airbnb, typically earning about $5,600 annually in supplemental income.
“2018 was another great year for Airbnb in Maryland, with more local residents and small businesses able to benefit from the economic opportunities created by home sharing than ever before,” said Liz DeBold Fusco, spokesperson for Airbnb. “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 statewide — from summer trips to the holiday season. We look forward to continuing to help families across Maryland earn extra income while allowing countless communities to enjoy the tourism economy in 2019.”
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. The Plus platform recently expanded to Baltimore.
Airbnb also significantly expanded Experiences throughout Maryland in 2018, offering handcrafted activities led by local experts in cities like Baltimore, Silver Springs, Bowie and more. Airbnb Experiences is creating new economic opportunities for Maryland residents by allowing them to unlock their talents and interests and make money from them, catering to the hundreds of millions of people that use Airbnb’s platform to discover unique and authentic travel experiences. Experiences is expected to expand further in Maryland in 2019, and the Experiences currently available can be found here.
What follows is an overview of 2018 guest arrivals and total host income, broken down by county.