Airbnb says Branson hosts made $2 million last year

Harrison Keegan
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Airbnb, the short-term home rental company, said Wednesday its hosts in Branson made $2.24 million in 2017.

The company says almost 24,000 guests stayed at Airbnb homes in Branson last year, putting the Taney County tourist destination behind only St. Louis and Kansas City statewide.

St. Louis was the most popular Missouri city for Airbnb stays in 2017. The company says 88,500 guests stayed at Airbnb homes in St. Louis, generating $9.14 million for hosts.


St. Louis was followed by Kansas City, Branson, Columbia and Springfield — which reportedly had 8,140 Airbnb guests generating $749,000 for hosts in 2017.

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Springfield City Council has drafted a bill that would legalize and regulate Airbnb and other short-term rentals in the city. An amended version of the bill was sent back to the Planning and Zoning Commission and is expected to come before City Council again in the future.

The 2017 figures were part of an Airbnb news release on Wednesday where the company announced it collected and remitted more than $306,000 in revenue to the State of Missouri since entering into a tax agreement on Feb. 1 with the Missouri Department of Revenue.

Airbnb is an online platform where people can rent out their homes to strangers for short periods of time.

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