Commencement to help Airbnb land record number of bookings this year

Commencement weekend at area universities will help Airbnb mark the biggest weekend of 2018, according to a release from the company.

GW’s Commencement this weekend will help Airbnb bring in 11,490 guests over the weekend, according to a release from the company Wednesday. Georgetown University will also host commencement ceremonies this weekend, helping boost the number.

Last year, graduations at five D.C. universities brought in about 18,000 guests over two weeks. This year, total bookings increased by 20 percent as the company reports that more than 21,760 guests will reside at Airbnb listings over two weeks, according to the release.

American, Catholic and Howard universities hosted commencement ceremonies last weekend and brought in a total of 10,270 guests – a 19 percent increase from commencement weekends at the schools in 2017. Bookings from commencement weekend at GW and Georgetown increased by 10 percent with 11,490 guest arrivals and $1.34 million earned by hosts, the release states.

May 19 will be the most popular night of the year to book a room through the company, with more than 8,300 bookings as of Wednesday, according to the release.

“Home to some of the country’s top universities, D.C. is always a top destination during the spring graduation season and Airbnb creates a way for Washingtonians across all eight wards to benefit economically from these events while offering visiting families a more cost-effective way to travel,” Will Burns, director of public policy for Airbnb in D.C., said in the release.

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