Kentucky’s rural Airbnbs bring in $27 million in 2021

BARREN CO., Ky.- Many changes brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic can still affect you today. Including where and how you go on vacation!

“2021 was our best year in 16 years.”

In 2021, rural Airbnb hosts in Kentucky earned more than $27 million, according to Airbnb.

Barren County Airbnbs took in nearly $800,000. The Grand Victorian Inn is a popular Airbnb in Barren County, a short drive from Mammoth Cave State Park.

Owner says during Covid some people didn’t want to book a hotel and be near 60+ other guests. His hostel has only 11 rooms.

“People wanted a more intimate stay, not in a public hotel, so bed and breakfast associations took over more nights,” said the owner of the Grand Victorian Inn. Karin Baldwin-Carroll.

County-wide, Hall Place has also seen an increase in Airbnb stays during the pandemic. The staff attribute it to the cleanliness of their operation.

“Part of that was that Airbnb was really proactive in being like what you do to keep your guests safe. It’s a strict cleaning policy where you clean before and after they leave, and you have to wait 24 hours between check-ins,” the Hall Place owner said. Sharla Emmers.

Another reason, she said, was the county’s lower Covid-19 numbers…and smaller population.

“I think it’s because of the small numbers. And there are things that small communities can offer that big cities just can’t,” Emmers said.

A silver lining to the pandemic for Airbnb owners.

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