Airbnb: 15K guests booked for DC area for inauguration weekend

WASHINGTON — Airbnb says inauguration weekend will be a record weekend for bookings in the D.C. area, and 25 percent of hosts renting out a room or apartment are brand-new Airbnb hosts.

Airbnb just updated its booking count, and says more than 13,000 guests are booked at listings in the Washington metro area for Jan. 20, 10 times as many guest arrivals on Inauguration Day in 2013, and about 3,000 more bookings than it had anticipated.

For Jan. 19 through Jan. 21, more than 15,000 Airbnb arrivals are booked in the Washington area.

Airbnb claims those bookings will bring more than $10 million in economic impact to Washington, and its hosts will earn $5.9 million from inauguration reservations.

New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, Boston, Portland, Philadelphia and Oakland, California, are the top cities of origin for guests booking in Washington for the inauguration weekend.

The top neighborhoods for bookings are Capitol Hill, Columbia Heights, the H Street Corridor, Shaw and Adams Morgan.

Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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