CONCORD — According to a report issued Sept. 5 by Airbnb, its home partners in New Hampshire earned a combined $22.2 million in supplemental income while providing lodging to approximately 149,400 people this summer, from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day.
Airbnb Inc., according to Wikipedia, "is an online marketplace for arranging or offering lodging, primarily home stays, or tourism experiences. "
The company acts as a broker, receiving commissions from each booking. The company is based in San Francisco.
In terms of Airbnb bookings, Carroll County was tops among New Hampshire’s 10 counties, with 45,300 “arrivals” generating a top revenue stream of $6.4 million.
Grafton County came in second, with 39,000 arrivals and $5.3 million in revenue; Rockingham County was third with 17,600 home stays generating $3.1 million. Belknap County was fourth with 14,700 stays and $2.6 million. Hillsborough County was fifth, with 9,100 stays generating $1.5 million.
Last winter, Airbnb announced that ski communities hosted about 55,100 Airbnb guest arrivals. Local hosts earning about $7 million in supplemental income. A number of New Hampshire towns and cities, including Madison and Bridgewater, marked their biggest weekend for Airbnb ever during this past ski season, the rental platform said.
Airbnb media contact Liz DeBold Fusco provided the following current numbers for Mount Washington Valley:
• Jackson has 100 active listings. As of July 1, Jackson welcomed 7,800 guests over the previous 12 months, and local hosts made a total of $1 million in supplemental income from sharing their home.
• Bartlett has 290 active listings. As of July 1, Bartlett had welcomed 16,600 guests over the previous 12 months and made $1.8 million in supplemental income.
• North Conway has 190 active listings, and as of July 1, hosts there welcomed 13,200 guests and made $1.5 million in supplemental income.
• Conway has 350 active listings. Hosts there welcomed 26,200 guests and made $3 million in supplemental income.
• Madison has 80 active listings. As of July 1, 2019, Madison hosts welcomed 4,100 guests over the previous 12 months and earned $400,000 in supplemental income from sharing their homes.
Meanwhile, several meetings have been set locally to address housing in the valley.
Starting Point, Services for Victims of Domestic & Sexual Violence, is holding a seminar for potential long-term rental landlords at Adventure Suites in North Conway today from 7-9 p.m. The event will outline the federally funded Housing First program and feature state Reps. Harrison Kanzler and Anita Burroughs and MWV Housing Coalition Executive Director Victoria Laracy, who will discuss potential incentivizing for long-term rentals.
Adventure Suites will offer refreshments in their new Saloon Restaurant with an opportunity to preview their new spa and get VIP tours of their suites. RSVP to email@example.com or call (603) 447-2494.
Conway selectmen have scheduled a Sept. 24 public hearing on short-term rentals that will be held at the Kennett Middle School's Conway Rec Center. For more information, call (603) 447-3811 ext. 2.
On Sept. 27, the Mount Washington Valley Housing Coalition will host its annual Members’ State of Housing Breakfast with legislators at the White Mountain Hotel in North Conway from 8-10 a.m.
The agenda includes:
• 8:30 a.m. — Welcome by Laracy.
• 8:40 a.m. — George Reagan of New Hampshire Housing, “State of Housing in New Hampshire.”
• 8:55 a.m. — Andy Dean, housing coalition chair, speaking on the proposed inclusionary zoning ordinance.
• 9:15 a.m. — Theresa Kennett, housing coalition board member: “Short-Term Rentals and the Mount Washington Valley.”
• 9:20 a.m. — State Sen. Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro) — “How Citizens Impact Change."
• 9:30 a.m. — Questions, ideas and discussion.
A Workforce Housing Design Charrette community listening session is set for Oct. 17, with a reveal on Oct. 22.