There is not a hotel room to be found on August 21st in or along the solar eclipse path of totality in Nebraska. However there is one way to find a place to stay by using Airbnb. Midwest Region’s Ben Breit says Nebraskans are taking economic advantage of the eclipse by home sharing.
Breit says, “We are projecting that Airbnb hosts in the state of Nebraska, specifically cities along the path of totality, will earn $166,000 in combined supplemental income as they welcome about 1,400 guest arrivals. We hope those numbers continue to rise.”
Eight out of ten of Airbnb hosts during the eclipse in Nebraska will be doing so for the first time. Breit says many of the hosts in Nebraska are renting out rooms to visitors. A common example of that is an empty-nester who has spare bedrooms in their house. With the rise of Airbnb and home sharing, those rooms can become a economic opportunity.
Breit says the there is another economical advantage to residents signing up as Airbnb or other home sharing hosts. It is estimated the average American tourist spends about $106 a day while traveling, not including lodging. Multiplying that average by the number of Nebraska Airbnb guest arrives hosts have the opportunity to direct a potential $149,100 in guest spending toward merchants in their communities.
Nebraska cities with over 10 Airbnb arrivals during the eclipse include:
Grand Island 70
North Platte 61
Broken Bow 17
Saint Paul 15
Table Rock 10