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From Japan’s Osaka to Germany’s Hamburg: Airbnb’s 16 top hot destinations

By Kitty Knowles 14 January 2016

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.

Look East

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%.

A pretty square in Spain's Triana, Seville. Pic: CC/Wikimedia/Gzzz.

European getaways

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.

Kaneohe Bay on Oahu. Pic: iStock/c17instructorpilot

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.

Airbnb’s top 16 destinations

Destination Growth
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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