New data from Airbnb has revealed hosts with just one property rather than a string of investments are the ones making the most money out of the booking platform during the COVID-19 pandemic.
New female hosts have collectively earned double the amount of new male hosts in the first half of this year as well, according to the company.
In the year up to June 30, hosts with only one listing have collectively made millions of dollars by rolling out their welcome mats on Airbnb, with the average earning for a new Kiwi host at $12,935 for the year.
The data also went a little deeper to see which regions earned the most for new hosts on Airbnb in the first six months of 2021:
- Bay of Plenty
- Hawke's Bay
- Waiheke Island
Globally, new female hosts have financially performed extremely well since the start of the pandemic, earning more than NZ$1 billion through Airbnb in just one year. In the first six months of 2021, female hosts have also received a higher share of 5-star reviews (91 percent) than their male counterparts (89 percent) globally.
Kerikeri local and Superhost Vanessa Owen is one of the women earning from Airbnb by renting out her boutique Driftwood Seaside Escape through it.
"We've grown our boutique accommodation business by offering a slice of authentic Kiwi lifestyle in both our listings, which gives our guests a home away from home while they experience the unique and relaxing Kerikeri lifestyle," Owen said.