Growth Report: Airbnb & the Adirondacks

In 1885, the New York State Legislature created a forest reserve covering much of the Adirondack Mountains. Just six years later, in May 1891, controversy erupted over the New York Forest Service’s effort to expel the Northern Adirondack and the Chateaugay Railroad Companies from state lands in the Adirondacks.

The New York Times, describing the Adirondacks as “the finest body of virgin woodland in the world,” asserted that State Law required the Forest Service to block the development of railroads. “The lands now or hereafter constituting the the forest preserve shall be forever kept as wild forest lands.”

The following year, Adirondack Park was created. And just two years after that, in 1894, the People of the State of New York ratified a constitutional amendment to ensure that the lands of the Adirondacks would remain forever wild.

Today, Adirondack Park remains one of the nation’s greatest playgrounds– a remarkable expanse that is larger than Yellowstone, Everglades, Glacier, and Grand Canyon National Park combined.

Airbnb is proud to help local hosts welcome these visitors, generating millions of dollars for local residents and millions more for small businesses in Adirondack communities. Our new report  highlights the growth of Airbnb activity in the Park over the past three years (June 1, 2014 through May 31, 2017). Key findings include:

  • The number of hosts in the area more than tripled between 2014-15 and 2016-17, with annual supplemental income earned by hosts soaring from $1.7 million in 2014-15 to $7.2 million in 2016-17.
  • The number of guest arrivals more than quadrupled during this time period, from 12,400 in 2014-15 to 52,400 in 2016-17.