Ely named to top 20 MN Airbnb sites

by Anne Swenson -

Ely was named number seven of the top 20 Minnesota Airbnb hosts with 1,900 guest arrivals in Ely units and an income of $224,000.
Named number 19 on the list, Brainerd produced $118,000 in income for its 700 guests arrivals.
The groups’ news release was headlined: “Minnesota Airbnb Hosts Earned $24.3 Million, Welcomed 179,000 Guests in 2017.”
It continued: “Airbnb, the world’s leading community driven hospitality company, announced that its Minnesota host community earned a combined $24.3 million in supplemental income while welcoming approximately 179,000 guest arrivals to the state in 2017.
“The 179,000 guest arrivals to Minnesota via Airbnb represent 89% year-over-year growth. This comes as Minnesotans increasingly embrace the home sharing platform as an opportunity to earn supplemental income and make ends meet. There are now 5,000 Minnesota hosts who share their homes for via Airbnb, typically earning about $5,400 annually in supplemental income.”
The news release states: “ Airbnb and its host community appear to be complementing -- rather than competing with -- the Minnesota hotel industry. Many of Minnesota’s largest markets -- including the Twin Cities, Duluth and Rochester -- are in the midst of hotel booms. This suggests that Airbnb is opening up the state to a new slice of prospective tourists by catering to travelers less able to afford hotels, those who desire to stay in neighborhoods or cities that lack hotels, and families who prefer to be together under one roof.”
Ely also is home to the firm Ely Lodging which offers reservation and guest services (including housekeeping) to lakeshore cabin owners.
All owners of temporary housing rentals are required by Minnesota law to pay the three percent area lodging tax which is collected and sent to Cook County for administration. It winds up in Ely’s Tourism Bureau for area promotion.