Graduation week brings record high Airbnb guests to Colorado Springs

Posted at 12:32 PM, May 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-21 14:32:23-04

With graduation week underway, the number of Airbnb guests is at an all time high in Colorado Springs.

Thousands of cadets are set to graduate in Colorado Springs bringing record high numbers of friends and family into the city, according to a release. Reports of more than 3,600 Airbnb guests will arrive over the next five days, making this the busiest time in history for Airbnb in the Springs.

This is a 39 percent increase for this time of year and a 63 percent increase in guest arrivals during graduation week in 2017, according to a release. 

“Graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy is an exciting achievement and family and friends are coming to Colorado Springs from around the country celebrate this accomplishment,” said Laura Spanjian, Airbnb Public Policy Director for Colorado. “This is a great example of how Airbnb helps cities welcome an influx of visitors for big events by adding additional rooms and lodging options for families, especially during peak weekends when hotels are fully booked."

Colorado Springs Airbnb hosts are said to earn just under $400,000 during the week, with the "typical host" earning $363, Airbnb said. 

Airbnb activity in Colorado Springs from May 19-May 23, 2018:

  • GUEST ARRIVALS: There will be more than 3,600 inbound guest arrivals to the city using Airbnb over the five day period, a 39% increase over surrounding weeks and a 63% increase over the same time period last year.
  • TOTAL HOST INCOME: Hosts will earn a total of $396,000.
  • TYPICAL HOST INCOME: The typical host will earn $363.
  • TOP ORIGIN STATES: Airbnb guests are coming from 49 states, with the most guests coming from Colorado, Texas, California, Florida, Ohio, and Missouri.