Airbnb: San Diego was the 4th most popular summer destination

Posted at 5:19 PM, Sep 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-14 20:21:44-04

(KGTV) - San Diego may have looked a little more crowded this summer, as the city welcomed thousands of guests through short-term rentals alone.

San Diego welcomed nearly 188,000 guests through the Airbnb platform over the summer. The only cities with more recorded Airbnb guests this season were New York City, Los Angeles, and Seattle, according to the company.

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"A growing number of local residents are using Airbnb for their own summer travel as well, with
over 139,200 outbound Airbnb guest arrivals from San Diego this summer," the company said.

Airbnb estimates its community generated more than $110 million in economic impact to San Diego, including $72 million in guest spending.

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Last year, the San Diego City Council struck down a proposal to ban short-term rentals, such as Airbnb, within neighborhoods zoned for single-family homes.

The proposal, introduced by then-council President Sherri Lightner, aimed to outright deal with issues raised by some locals regarding noise problems and complaints caused by short-term vacation renters.