MidEast visitors to FIFA World Cup flock to Airbnb after hotel rates spike in Russia

Bookings by UAE visitors jump 850 percent over 2017; Saudi visitor bookings surge 4,000 percent
MidEast visitors to FIFA World Cup flock to Airbnb after hotel rates spike in Russia
By Shayan Shakeel
Wed 04 Jul 2018 11:06 AM

With hotel rates often hitting well above $500 a night, visitors to the World Cup in Russia are flocking to Airbnb to put up for the night.

Statistics revealed by Airbnb show visitors from the UAE staying in Airbnb listed properties have jumped by 850 percent since the same period last year.

Meanwhile Saudi guest rates in Russia have surged 4,000 times.

An estimated 3,000 visitors from the Gulf have booked close to 12,000 nights Airbnb properties since the world’s most popular sporting event began on 14 June.

An unprecedented four teams from the Arab World competing in the world’s premier football tournament has seen a large influx of visitors from the Middle East during in to Russia.

Skyscanner said traveller numbers from the GCC to Russia have increased by 597 percent from a year earlier; visitor numbers from the UAE have increased by 248 percent.

Airbnb estimates 177,000 guests will be booking properties on the travel accommodation platform.

The price point per reservations, usually three to four nights, averages $55.27 per guest per night, it said in a statement.

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