Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Airbnb hosts projected to earn $1.3 million over Air Force football season

Posted By on Tue, Nov 26, 2019 at 2:46 PM

click to enlarge Airbnb says its hosts help accommodate visitors during the college football season. - U.S. ARMY PHOTO BY BRANDON O'CONNOR
  • U.S. Army photo by Brandon O'Connor
  • Airbnb says its hosts help accommodate visitors during the college football season.

As City Council debated new regulations for Airbnbs and other short-term rentals, Colorado Springs Airbnb hosts earned $1.24 million over five Air Force Academy football home game weekends this season — and are projected to bring in an additional $139,000 the weekend of Nov. 30, when the Falcons play the University of Wyoming.

That's according to booking data from Airbnb, which announced the projected totals Nov. 26.

Airbnb hosts in Colorado Springs earned the most money of any Air Force home game weekend this year Sept. 27 and 28, when the Academy hosted San Jose State University. They brought in $391,000 from 4,080 guest arrivals, according to Airbnb booking data.

More recently, Airbnb hosts earned $155,000 from 2,380 guest arrivals the weekend of Nov. 1 and 2, when the Air Force played the Army.

(Those numbers represent Airbnb totals for the game weekends, not necessarily just people who visited Colorado Springs for the purpose of attending a football game.)

"This college football season is a great example of how Airbnb expands lodging stock to help cities like Colorado Springs welcome an influx of visitors for big events," Laura Spanjian, Airbnb
senior policy director for Colorado, said in a statement. "Fans and alumni can find a comfortable, affordable place to stay, while hosts and small businesses are receiving an economic boost from this expanded tourism economy."

The announcement went out the same day that City Council was set to hold a public hearing on proposed new requirements governing the occupancy and density of short-term rentals, or STRs, within city limits.

The public hearing, which would not have included a formal vote, was postponed due to a snowstorm. Update Dec. 4: The hearing has been scheduled for Dec. 5 during the City Council meeting that begins at 8 a.m.

City staff had devised four potential options for an ordinance regulating STRs. The hearing Nov. 26 would have solicited public feedback on the different options:

Ordinance options A, B and C define an "owner occupied" short-term rental as a property that is occupied by the owner for at least 180 days out of the year, with exceptions for deployed military service members.

Option A mandates that no non-owner occupied STR could be located within five lots of another non-owner occupied STR in any direction.

Option B includes the same five-lot spacing requirement as Option A, but also bans non-owner occupied STRs in single-family zones.

Option C includes the same five-lot spacing requirement as options A and B, but requires that applications for non-owner occupied units within single-family zones be reviewed by the Planning Commission at a public hearing.

Option D, city's staff's recommendation, defines an "owner occupied" short-term rental as occupied by the owner for at least 210 days out of the year, with exceptions for deployed service members. Other than that, it's identical to option B: It requires non-owner occupied STRs to be spaced five lots apart, and also bans non-owner occupied units in single-family zones.

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