Airbnb CEO: More Than 3 Million People Are Using The Service On New Year’s, Compared To 1,400 Just Eight Years Ago

Eric Lieberman | Tech and Law Reporter

Brian Chesky, cofounder and CEO of Airbnb, an online lodging marketplace, said Saturday night that there are more than three million people using the service over New Year’s.

The substantial amount of guests for the turn of the year marks a constant uptick for Airbnb. Starting in 2009, there were merely 1,400 users, meaning patrons of the service have multiplied by more than 2,140 times. And thereafter annually, the increase was always doubled or more, with the exception of the 1 million guest increase from 2016 to this year.

Airbnb has organized or hosted more than 260 million stays, and is valued at more than $30 billion. It has, for the most part, become a powerhouse even while local regulators try to tax or restrict its services at the wishes of traditional hotels. (RELATED: Trump’s Childhood Home Is Available On Airbnb)

In fact, a large portion of city officials say they do not get along at all with companies like Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb, according to a thorough survey, likely signaling a contentious struggle between somewhat less-regulated firms and bureaucrats.

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