Airbnb Sees “Explosion” In Guest Arrivals During Ryder Cup
Airbnb saw a huge spike in guest arrivals when Minnesota hosted the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Course this past weekend.
The company, which allows people to rent out rooms—or entire houses or apartments—to visitors, said that 3,444 units provided lodging during the golf tournament that pitted the United States versus Europe. That’s a 163 percent increase over a typical week, Airbnb said.
Hennepin County, home to Hazeltine, had the highest raw number of units rented – 2,437 (about a 144 percent increase over a typical week), though Carver County saw the biggest percent jump (432 units, 732 percent increase). Airbnb said that Ramsey County had 508 units rented and Scott County had 67.
In Chaska, the epicenter of the action, 215 units were rented out – 1,265 percent above the typical week.
Of course, it wasn’t just home shares and rentals that got a boost. Hotels throughout the metro were able to command high prices with nearly many hotels reporting all rooms booked.
The American team won the Ryder Cup for the first time in eight years. Though there was widespread reporting about poor behavior at Hazeltine (including mischief by a float plane pilot now under FAA investigation), the reception was generally positive.