Airbnb: Winter Park vacation rentals surged in 2017 |

Airbnb: Winter Park vacation rentals surged in 2017

New data released by Airbnb, an online marketplace that allows people to rent short-term lodging, suggest that vacation and short-term rentals continue to grow in Colorado.

Last year, approximately 1.2 million guests utilized the service in Colorado, an eye-popping 68 percent increase over 2016 as the market for home sharing hikes. Across the state the typical host earned just over $8,000 for their services last year.

According to Airbnb, almost 60 percent of their hosts in Colorado are women, and nearly all of them, 84 percent, are under the age of 60.

These statistics seemed to hold up well in Grand County.

Of the two towns in the county Airbnb collects data on, Winter Park and Grand Lake, 55 percent of the hosts were women, and of all the hosts 86 percent of them were under the age of 60.

Winter Park was the county’s biggest draw in terms of short-term housing, drawing over 14,000 Airbnb guests last year. Most visitors are from the Front Range. The most popular city of origin for guests traveling to Winter Park was Denver followed Boulder, Houston, Chicago and Fort Collins.

Grand Lake attracted nearly 10,000 guests on Airbnb last year, almost entirely from Colorado. The most common cities of origin for visitors to Grand Lake were Denver, Littleton, Boulder, Aurora and Colorado Springs.

In all of Colorado, Denver was the most popular destination for Airbnb customers, taking in 325,000 guests and raking in over $50 million in income. Rounding out the top ten Colorado destinations were Breckenridge (89,000, $16.5 million), Colorado Springs (72,000, $2.1 million), Boulder (67,000, $14.1 million), Fort Collins (32,000, $4 million), Steamboat Springs (31,000, $4.5 million), Keystone (26,000, $3.6 million), Silverthorne (22,000, $2.9 million), Vail (21,000, $5.8 million) and Aurora (19,000, $2 million).

It’s important to note that this data reflects only rentals obtained through Airbnb. A multitude of other rental companies and websites exist, including local companies, whose data was not included in Airbnb’s statistics.

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