According to the latest Longwoods International tracking study of American travelers, 47% of them are likely to stay in a short-term rental (Airbnb, Vrbo, etc.) on their next trip. A similar 49% of travelers support having short term rentals in their own neighborhoods, with only 18% opposing them. And among those travelers who use this type of accommodations, that support level jumps to 69%.
“The impact of short term rentals on the lodging sector is significant,” said Amir Eylon, President and CEO of Longwoods International. “And while cities and states have a patchwork of various regulations on this accommodations type, travelers use them and generally support them locally.”
Regarding their behavior on their most recent trip, 55% of travelers reported that they left the destination as it was when they arrived. And on those trips, 33% limited their impact on the local environment by practicing responsible travel (recycling, reducing waste, etc.), and 32% researched the local culture/traditions in the destination before traveling.
The survey, supported by Miles Partnership, was fielded May 24, 2023 using a national sample randomly drawn from a consumer panel of 1,000 adults, ages 18 and over. Quotas were used to match Census targets for age, gender, and region to make the survey representative of the U. S. population.