Find and visit the world’s trendiest neighbourhoods using Airbnb's surprising new data.
With hosts in 34,000 cities and 190 countries around the world, Airbnb has pretty good handle on where the cool kids are staying.
Now you can benefit from the sharing economy company’s vast reach by booking a trip to one of its most up-and-coming destinations.
Chūō-ku in Osaka, Japan, tops a newly-released list of the 16 most popular Airbnb destinations last year.
The neighbourhood, famed for its historic castle and delicious street food, saw a x7000 increase in Airbnb guests from 2014 through 2015.
In fact it seems that adventurous travellers are looking east generally, with districts in Thailand and Malaysia seeing the next biggest rise in popularity.
With its bustling markets and inconspicuous temples, Banglampoo, Bangkok, had a 1230% growth in interest, while Brickfields, home to Kuala Lumpur’s Little India, saw 1200%.
European hot spots in Bordauex, France; Athens, Greece; Seville, Spain; and Hamburg, Germany also featured high on the list.
These were followed by locations in the Americas, with destinations on Oahu, the idyllic Hawaiian island; Brazil’s beachside neighbourhood Meireles in Fortaleza; and the historic Roma Sur in Mexico City making the list.
The LGBT mecca, Oak Lawn in Dallas, and the lively Poncey-Highland in Atlanta, also flew the flag for the US.
Locations in Hungary, Bali, Australia and Argentina also snuck in Airbnb’s top ranks with a still-impressive higher-than-125% growth.
“Airbnb travelers are more intrepid when it comes to trying new neighborhoods and in doing so they set travel trends to areas little visited before,” said Chip Conley, Head of Hospitality, Airbnb.
“Not only does this boost business to local coffee shops and small businesses that haven’t benefitted from tourism in the past, it also helps people to experience cities through a true local lens.”
Who knew the easy booking app could would become a forecaster for the hottest holiday trends? We’re looking forward to our summer holidays already.
|Chūō-ku, Osaka, Japan||7000%|
|Banglampoo, Bangkok, Thailand 1230%||1230%|
|Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1200%||1200%|
|Capucins, Bordeaux, France 960%||960%|
|Koukaki, Athens, Greece 800%||800%|
|Triana, Seville, Spain 770%||770%|
|Hammerbrook, Hamburg, Germany 415%||415%|
|Kaneohe, Oahu, US 320%||320%|
|Meireles, Fortaleza, Brazil 285%||285%|
|Roma Sur, Mexico City, Mexico 275%||275%|
|Oak Lawn, Dallas, US||260%|
|Poncey-Highland, Atlanta, US||240%|
|District VII, Budapest, Hungary||145%|
|The Bukit Peninsula, Bali||130%|
|Richmond, Melbourne, Australia||126%|
|Constitución, Buenos Aires, Argentina||125%|
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Kitty Knowles is a Senior Features Writer at The Memo. Kitty previously worked as an online journalist for GQ. She can be found tweeting @KittyGKnowles.