Airbnb hosts in southeast Idaho cities skyrocket ahead of eclipse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Courtesy: Airbnb Facebook, Timeline Photo

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — As hotels continue to fill up less than a week from the Great American Eclipse, another lodging industry is also getting a boost.

“Airbnb is going to be having its biggest night in the state of Idaho in the company’s history on the night of the eclipse since the company was founded in 2008,” Jasmine Mora, Idaho press secretary for Airbnb, said.

Photo Courtesy: Airbnb Facebook

Idaho is expecting over 8,000 guests on the platform, Mora says. Some of the greatest increase in hosts and guests registering for the site has been in southeast Idaho, named one the best places to see the eclipse in totality.

“Sixty-eight percent of hosts who are booked for the eclipse are hosting for the first time in Idaho,” Mora said. “In Rexburg, for example, we are seeing over 800 percent increase from the previous week.”

City

Guest Arrivals

for Solar Eclipse

Increase From Previous Week

Guests Arrivals Year to Date

Rexburg

1,120

810.5%

7,000

Idaho Falls

739

677.89%

6,000

Victor

615

333%

7,000

Rigby

669

6590%

893

Mora says hosts along the path of the eclipse are expected to make a collective one million dollars in just one night, 97 percent of which, stays with the host. Airbnb also has a partnership with the state of Idaho, allowing the company to collect lodging taxes on behalf of the state and deliver it to the government.

“We are collecting the Idaho sales tax and the Idaho travel convention tax,” Mora said.

Airbnb has been collecting taxes on behalf of the state since December 2016.

As far as availabilities, Mora says the number of hosts will shrink as the eclipse draws closer, but there are still some places available in Idaho.