Airbnb guests are estimated to have spent at least $262 million
in New Zealand restaurants and cafes in 2018, according to figures
released by the peer-to-peer hosting company.

Over 90 percent of New Zealand Airbnb hosts said they
recommended restaurants and cafes to guests, with spending forecast
to be over $343 million at Kiwi restaurants and cafes in 2019.

“Local hosts play such an important role in encouraging guests
to try out local venues and spend their money in the communities in
which they’re staying,” said Airbnb’s country manager for
Australia and New Zealand, Susan Wheeldon.

“The unique nature of our platform encourages guests to get
off the well-beaten path and stay and spend in areas outside the
traditional tourism areas.”

Airbnb guests staying in Auckland alone spent at least $72
million on restaurants and cafes in 2018. For 2019, that figure is
expected to exceed $84 million.

Globally Airbnb guest spent at least an estimated $36 billion at
restaurants in cafes in 2018, based on data for 46 countries and
regions. If spending levels match projections, the figure is
estimated to exceed $45 billion in these same locations in

“We’re committed to doing our part to ensure tourism
continues to grow sustainably and also benefits those areas that
have traditionally missed out, such as communities across regional
New Zealand,” said Wheeldon.

Source: FS – All-Hotels-Blogs