TYLER, Texas —

Airbnb, the world’s leading community driven hospitality company, has announced the East Texas host community earned a combined $2.2 million in supplemental income while welcoming approximately 24,000 guest arrivals to the region in 2018.

This comes as Texans increasingly embrace the home sharing platform as an opportunity to earn supplemental income and make ends meet. There are now more than 30,000 Texas residents who share their homes as Airbnb hosts. 

In addition to the new income going into the pockets of Texas Airbnb hosts, the state is generating new revenue through a tax agreement with the Texas Comptroller’s Office announced in 2017 allowing Airbnb to collect and remit the Texas state occupancy tax on behalf of its hosts. Earlier this year, Airbnb announced it delivered $15.3 million in tax revenue to the state in the first year of that tax agreement, nearly doubling the initial projections. 

Airbnb recently released a report announcing the #1 most wish-listed (i.e. popular or desired) Airbnb listings in the top 50 home sharing markets in Texas, including in Tyler, Longview and more. 

Below is an overview of 2018 guest arrivals and total host income, broken down by counties within East Texas region with more than $60,000 in host income for the year.

  • Smith County: $677,000 - 7,700 guests
  • Wood County: $282,000 - 3,000 guests
  • Nacogdoches County: $237,000 - 2,500 guests
  • Harrison County: $151,000 - 1,400 guests
  • Gregg County: $109,000 - 1,000 guests
  • Bowie County: $102,000 - 1,600 guests
  • Marion County: $80,000 - 800 guests
  • Houston County: $75,000 - 800 guests
  • Angelina County: $74,000 - 750 guests
  • Franklin County: $63,000 - 550 guests
  • Sabine County: $60,000 - 600 guests