Tenn. Airbnb Hosts Make Millions Thanks To Total Solar Eclipse

Posted at 6:45 AM, Aug 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-22 07:48:15-04

Tennessee is -- by far -- the most popular state for travelers staying at Airbnb's for the solar eclipse. Home-owners all over the state have opened their doors and welcomed guests from far and wide.

"A year ago we had someone book our place which is pretty far out in advance and they were telling us they were coming in for the eclipse," said Airbnb host David Blier.

Blier said he had no idea the eclipse would be such a big deal.

"I didn't have a clue," he said. 

But now, the Blier farm just outside Nashville was the perfect place for the Traylor family visiting from Alexandria, Virginia.

"It's pretty exciting because we actually booked this place a year in advance. Before anyone decided 'Hey I want to see the solar eclipse I'll just book something really fast,'" said 11-year old guest Benjamin Blier. 

According to Airbnb, Tennessee has welcomed more than 13,000 guest arrivals during the eclipse. The numbers indicates a significant economic boon for Tennessee and its residents.

In fact, guest arrivals in Tennessee towns represent a 216 percent spike compared to the week before. Now guests and hosts hang out and wait for the big event.

According to Airbnb, hosts in Tennessee cities along the path of totality will earn a combined $2.6 million  in supplemental income.