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Airbnb has revealed its summer travel trends

Roughly 45 million people stayed in an Airbnb this summer, and some intriguing destinations recorded particularly high growth rates.

Between June 1 and August 31, approximately 45 million people stayed in Airbnb homes around the world. And many of them did so in China – one of the home-sharing service’s fastest-growing markets. 

The cities of Hangzhou, Chongqing and Wuhan experienced year-on-year guest increases of 495%, 388% and 371% respectively – growth rates that were almost matched by an under-the-radar destination the other side of the world.

The Cuban town of Viñales – which HuffPost got very excited about last summer – recorded a 347% increase, largely because travel restrictions for US citizens to the Caribbean island nation have been relaxed.  

Other destinations Airbnbers got excited about this summer include Fort William in Scotland, which saw a 156% increase in visitors, Fortaleza in Brazil (192%) and Cluj-Napoca, the unofficial capital of Transylvania (187%).

More families are using Airbnb, too – particularly in the US, France, Spain and Italy. Some eight million family bookings were made over the three months of summer, with high demand centring on locations near zoos, beaches and amusement parks.

Airbnb’s busiest night of the summer, meanwhile, was smack-bang in the middle of the school holidays. On August 12, 2.6 million guests stayed in an Airbnb property – and they forked out an average of $50 per person for the privilege.