Old Forge, Utica, Gloversville, Long Lake and Rome were the top destinations for Airbnb guests traveling to the Mohawk Valley this summer.
According to Airbnb, the host community in the area earned $2.3 million from roughly 16,000 guests in the region from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
“Throughout the summer of 2019, we have continued to see the significant, positive impact of our short-term rental community across the Empire State, including in the Mohawk Valley. With more guest arrivals this summer than ever before, hosts and small businesses have been able to enjoy the opportunities created by an expanded tourism economy,” said Josh Meltzer, head of Northeast Public Policy.
Most of the people traveling to the Mohawk Valley came from other cities within New York State, including New York City, Rochester, Syracuse, Buffalo and Albany.
Fulton, Montgomery and Schoharie counties also have agreements with Airbnb to accept local taxes from the company on behalf of the hosts.
There is currently proposed legislation in the Senate that would add existing hotel and motel room taxes to short-term rentals. That would allow companies like Airbnb to collect and remit those taxes to the state.
“Our goal remains to work with the State and counties to ensure short-term rentals can continue to play a strong role in the New York economy, including by generating hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue,” said Meltzer.
Airbnb surveys the guests to track the economic effects on the communities. According to the surveys, visitors say 41 percent of their spending occurs in the neighborhood where they stay.