According to Airbnb, Chattanooga hosts earned approximately $11 million combined last year despite continued hotel growth.

The world's leading community-driven hospitality company reported that the Scenic City welcomed about 110,000 guests in 2018. 

Hamilton County hosts earned a combined amount of about $9,300 a year, while Meigs County hosts earned nearly five times that amount with approximately $50,000 a year. 

While Airbnb hosts have their supplemental income, Hamilton County is generating new revenue thanks to a tax agreement made with the website. 

This agreement allows Airbnb to "collect and remit Tennessee state and local sales taxes on behalf of its hosts."

So, both state and hosts are benefitting from the rise in Airbnb visits.

Also benefitting from Airbnb visits, Tennessee's hotel industry. 

Surprisingly enough, Airbnb is complimenting hotels rather than stealing the business away from the industry.

With a wide variety of hospitality options, visitors from all walks of life are more inclined to visit cities with cheaper options.

Airbnb also adds to Chattanooga by offering the Experiences feature.

This is a feature that offers handcrafted activities in Chattanooga which are catered to tourists with a variety of interests. 

Ready to book your own adventure in a new city? Visit Airbnb's website to start planning your next affordable, yet memorable, trip! 

 


County

2018 Total Host Income

2018 Total Guest Arrivals

Hamilton

$9.7 million

97,000

Bradley

$297,000

3,800

Grundy

$254,000

2,300

Marion

$164,000

1,600

Polk

$155,000

1,700

Rhea

$119,000

800

Sequatchie

$93,000

950

McMinn

$87,000

750

Bledsoe

$84,000

1,100

Meigs

$50,000

400