This afternoon, the Orlando City Council passed new rules legalizing home sharing in Orlando’s residential neighborhoods, by a vote of 6-1.
Tom Martinelli, policy director of Airbnb Florida, had the following statement after the vote:
We applaud Mayor Dyer and the City Council for recognizing the important contributions of the Orlando Airbnb home sharing community. These smart, thoughtful regulations will allow Orlando residents across the entire city to share their homes for supplemental income and welcome more visitors to the City Beautiful.
- Airbnb delivered $1.75 million in bed tax revenue in 2017 to Orange County on behalf of its hosts, thanks to a 2016 tax agreement with the Orange County Comptroller
- Orlando Airbnb hosts earned $24.7 million in supplemental income in 2017
- Orlando Airbnb hosts welcomed 215,000 guest arrivals in 2017
- According to Visit Orlando, hotels in Orlando have experienced steady growth in occupancy and average daily rate in parallel to Airbnb’s growth, indicating that the home sharing community is complementing — rather than competing with — the Florida hotel industry