AIRBNB and Donald Trump seems to be a winning tourism connection. This upcoming weekend, 15,000 visitors are set to stay at Airbnb’s in Washington, D.C.
That will be the most guests to use Airbnb in the District since the home-rental company’s launch. In a blog post, Airbnb outlined the demand surrounding inauguration weekend.
Much of that demand — although Airbnb didn’t say how much — is also for the Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 21, the day after inauguration.
Airbnb guest arrivals for the presidential inauguration were initially projected to reach 10,000 and bring in over $3.5 million in earnings to DC-area hosts.
However it turns out more than 15,100 guests arrivals are booked for this three-day period, with 13,000-plus guests booked for the evening of January 20, 2017 — representing the biggest night ever for Airbnb arrivals in the District of Columbia.
Those numbers are indeed high, especially considering uncertainty that surrounded inauguration plans right after the election. Many Hillary Clinton supporters expecting to head to Washington in January canceled their stays, and some D.C. hosts expecting to welcome Clinton supporters even backed out of listing their homes after Donald Trump won the election, the Huffington Post reported in November.
The 15,000 guests heading to D.C. are staying in 5,200 Airbnbs. Those listings total more than $5.9 million brought in for D.C. hosts.
The crowded market — where listings in expensive upscale neighborhoods are going for over $1,000 a night — is forcing together visitors for the inauguration and the next day’s march. Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky said on Twitter that members of the two groups were sometimes staying in the same homes.