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Airbnb bookings spike in Florida for MLB spring training

Airbnb saw a spike in room bookings in Florida cities like Dunedin, Clearwater and Tampa related to the MLB spring training season. 
[WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]

Airbnb saw a spike in room bookings in Florida cities like Dunedin, Clearwater and Tampa related to the MLB spring training season. [WILL VRAGOVIC | Times]

Airbnb hosts in Tampa Bay and across Florida saw a significant bump in bookings during the spring training baseball season this year.

Florida's Grapefruit League — which brings 15 Major League Baseball teams to 12 Florida cities, including Dunedin, Clearwater and Tampa — saw significant spikes in bookings over a five-week stretch, according a press release Wednesday. Dunedin, which is home to the Toronto Blue Jays during the spring months, recorded a 205 percent spike in bookings. Port Charlotte in Charlotte County, where the Tampa Bay Rays play, saw a 78 percent spike. Clearwater, which hosts the Philadelphia Phillies, experienced a 62 percent increase in bookings this year. And in Tampa, where the New York Yankees play, Airbnb recorded a 32 percent jump.

In 10 out of the 12 cities in Florida that host spring training games, residents of the home team's state accounted for the majority of Airbnb bookings, the release said. That includes a whopping 1,860 percent boost to Dunedin from Ontario natives.

"Spring training represents a foundational component of the local economies for these 12 Florida cities," said Tom Martinelli, public policy director for Airbnb Florida, in a statement. "By expanding lodging capacity for regions with limited hotel inventory, Airbnb hosts helped welcome more families and baseball fans to their cities while serving as ambassadors for their local communities."

Contact Justine Griffin at jgriffin@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8467. Follow @SunBizGriffin.

Here's the breakdown of Florida's Gulf Coast cities and teams during spring training:

 

TAMPA:

Home to New York Yankees

Airbnb Guests: 9,605 guest arrivals

Guest Origin: New York was No. 1 origin state to Tampa

Overall Spike: 32 percent spike in guests compared to previous 5-week stretch

Home State Spike: 33 percent spike in New York guests compared to previous 6-week stretch

Host Income: Tampa hosts earned $1.53 million in supplemental income by sharing their homes

Active Hosts: About 800 Airbnb hosts in Tampa

 

CLEARWATER:

Home to Philadelphia Phillies

Airbnb Guests: 3,447 guest arrivals

Overall Spike: 62 percent spike in guests compared to previous 5-week stretch

Guest Origin: Pennsylvania was No. 1 origin state to Clearwater

Home State Spike: 153 percent spike in Pennsylvania guests compared to previous 5-week stretch

Host Income: Clearwater hosts earned $820,000 in supplemental income by sharing their homes

Active Hosts: About 300 Airbnb hosts in Clearwater

 

DUNEDIN

Home to Toronto Blue Jays

Airbnb Guests: 800 guest arrivals

Overall Spike: 105 percent spike in guests compared to previous 5-week stretch

Guest Origin: Ontario was No. 1 origin state/province (American or Canadian) to Dunedin

Home State Spike: 1,860 percent spike in Ontario guests compared to previous 5-week stretch

Host Income: Dunedin hosts earned $263,000 in supplemental income by sharing their homes

Active Hosts: About 100 Airbnb hosts in Dunedin

 

BRADENTON:

Home to Pittsburgh Pirates

Airbnb Guests: 1,694 guest arrivals

Overall Spike: 45 percent spike in guests compared to previous 5-week stretch

Guest Origin: Pennsylvania was #1 origin state to Bradenton

Home State Spike: 194 percent spike in Pennsylvania guests compared to previous 5-week stretch

Host Income: Bradenton hosts earned $380,000 in supplemental income by sharing their homes

Active Hosts: About 300 Airbnb hosts in Bradenton

 

LAKELAND:

Home to Detroit Tigers

Airbnb Guests: 482 guest arrivals

Overall Spike: 82 percent spike in guests compared to previous 5-week stretch

Guest Origin: Michigan was No. 1 origin state to Lakeland

Home State Spike: 575 percent spike in Michigan guests compared to previous 5-week stretch

Host Income: Lakeland hosts earned $79,000 in supplemental income by sharing their homes

Active Hosts: About 70 Airbnb hosts in Lakeland

 

SARASOTA:

Home to Baltimore Orioles

Airbnb Guests: 6,664 guest arrivals

Overall Spike: 91 percent spike in guests compared to previous 5-week stretch

Guest Origin: Maryland was No. 5 origin state to Sarasota

Home State Spike: 247 percent spike in Maryland guests compared to previous 5-week stretch

Host Income: Sarasota hosts earned $1.86 million in supplemental income by sharing their homes

Active Hosts: About 700 Airbnb hosts in Sarasota

 

Airbnb bookings spike in Florida for MLB spring training 04/12/17 [Last modified: Thursday, April 13, 2017 12:47am]
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