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Airbnb says Columbus will be one of the hottest growth markets in 2018

Laura Newpoff – Reporter, Columbus Business First on January 05, 2018

Columbus is one of the hottest growth markets worldwide for Airbnb users, according to the home-sharing service's 2018 Travel Trends report.

Ohio's capital city is expected to see a booking surge of 254 percent for the first three months of this year compared with the same period of 2017. In the United States, that puts Columbus behind just Indianapolis at 256 percent.

Globally, Columbus ranks No. 6 for growth, or Airbnb's "trending destinations" category. With the Winter Olympics approaching, No. 1 is Gangneung, Korea at 2,175 percent growth.

"In the United States, Midwestern cities like Indianapolis ... and Columbus ... are seeing some of the strongest growth, driven by booming downtown districts humming with new restaurants, nightlife and local arts," the report says.

In terms of the most-booked cities, international hotspots including Tokyo, Paris and Osaka, Japan are tops for Airbnb users.

Nature lodges will see the biggest year-over-year increase in the "trending homes" category at 700 percent. Right behind are Ryokans, traditional Japanese inns, at 600 percent.  

As we reported in December, Columbus was the No. 1 Ohio market for Airbnb in 2017, a year that saw the number of people renting its rooms and houses surge statewide by 96 percent. Ohio State University football weekends are a big driver of Airbnb rentals in the city.