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New Report Shows Airbnb Contribution to PH Economy, Jobs Since Post-Pandemic Travel Reshuffle

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New research from Oxford Economics found Airbnb an important pillar of the Philippines’ tourism industry, contributing US$840 million (Php45.7B) to the GDP and supporting almost 103,800 jobs in 2022* alone.

The report, commissioned by Airbnb, found that the platform played a crucial role in the Philippine tourism industry’s contribution to GDP and employment. It also highlighted the powerful multiplier effect Airbnb guest spending has within local communities. In 2022,* Airbnb guests spent a total of US$$876 million (Php47.7B) in the Philippines in areas such as purchases in restaurants and retail stores and on transportation.

It details the contribution made by Airbnb guests to domestic tourism across the nation. In 2022,* domestic Airbnb guest spending totaled US$$445 million (Php24.2B).

The report also explores two profound changes in travel behavior since the pandemic: The dispersal of tourism away from urban areas and long-term stays driven by the emergence of flexible work arrangements.

James Lambert, director for Economic Consulting in Asia for Oxford Economics, said: “Airbnb has clearly played a major role in the resilience and rebirth of the Philippines’ travel and tourism sector in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“Airbnb has been at the heart of some of the trends reshaping the nation’s travel and tourism industry, including the shift in traveling away from cities and toward more rural communities and the increase in demand for long-stay trips exemplified by the live and work anywhere phenomenon,” Lambert said.

Amanpreet Singh Bajaj, Airbnb’s general manager for Southeast Asia, India, Hong Kong and Taiwan, said: “The economic contribution to both GDP and jobs driven by travel on Airbnb in the Philippines has created powerful economic ripple effects that have enabled the growth of local businesses such as shops, restaurants, bars and cafes, which are often central to how travelers experience a destination, and created job opportunities for the locals.”

“The growth of the long-term stays segment since 2020 — enabled by flexible work policies and supported by Airbnb’s Live and Work Anywhere program — is helping destinations attract guests who stay longer and spend more per trip.”

“Travel is now more dispersed, and so the economic benefits are being shared across more destinations, enabling a valuable economic contribution to rural and regional areas. This dispersal is being driven by Hosts on Airbnb and in turn creating economic opportunities for various communities.”

“As destinations across the Philippines continue to recover, we are committed to partnering with governments and communities to rebuild their tourism economies in a way that is equitable, inclusive and sustainable.”

*This report presents results for the twelve-month period up to and including March 2023, referred to as 2022,* which represents the first full year after the reopening of international travel. Prevailing exchange rates at the time of study were applied, using proprietary data from Oxford Economics.

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