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Civil engineering consultant John Horner’s The Little House is among Airbnb’s most booked offerings in Springfield.
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Civil engineering consultant John Horner’s The Little House is among Airbnb’s most booked offerings in Springfield.

Branson eclipses Springfield in Airbnb bookings

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With stark booking increases statewide, Branson clutched the No. 3 spot in 2017 for Airbnb short-term rentals in Missouri, bringing home about $2.24 million overall.

Branson’s total jumped from $722,000 in host gross income reported in 2016 by the online hospitality website. Helped along by the solar eclipse in August, Missouri’s total bookings rose by 126 percent this year. Branson’s bookings rose to 23,950 this year from 7,500 in 2016, according to data provided by the San Francisco-based company.

The Airbnb website indicates rentals in Branson have garnered more than 5,000 reviews with an average of 4.8 out of five stars.

Springfield ranked fifth statewide with local hosts collecting about $749,000 via  8,140 arrivals. In 2014, Springfield had just 310 arrivals through Airbnb, said spokesman Ben Breit. He said in an email that Springfield arrivals jumped to 1,500 guests in 2015, and then to 3,800 guests in 2016 for $316,000 in overall host gross income.

“Home sharing impacted a wide spectrum of Missouri’s communities in 2017,” Breit said. “Airbnb hosts significantly expanded lodging capacity during the eclipse, as hotels in cities like St. Louis along the path of totality completely sold out.”

Overall, Airbnb reported 289,000 guest arrivals delivering about $28.8 million to hosts statewide in 2017. About a third of those hosts offered just an extra or otherwise unused room, typically earning about $5,300 annually via Airbnb.

St. Louis shared the most homes during 2017, with hosts at the Gateway City booking 88,500 arrivals and collecting some $9.14 million in the process. Kansas City followed with 75,240 arrivals and about $7.7 million in host income reported by Airbnb.
 
Columbia edged out Springfield with 11,140 guest arrivals and about $1.1 million in host income.

In Springfield, popular bookings include The Little House, civil engineering consultant John Horner’s cottage behind his home on historic Walnut Street. The house has a five out of five star rating with 114 reviews.

According to Airbnb.com, Springfield short-term rentals have received more than 4,600 reviews with an average rating of 4.8 out of five stars.

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