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Airbnb contributed ₹1,480 crore to Goa’s GDP through guests spends in 2022

Airbnb contributed ₹1,480 crore to Goa’s GDP through guests spends in 2022
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Airbnb contributed ₹1,480 crore to Goa’s GDP through guests spends in 2022: Report | Mint  Mint

Airbnb contributed ₹1,480 crore to Goa’s GDP through guests spends in 2022

Airbnb Contributes Significantly to Goa’s Tourism Industry, Supporting Sustainable Development Goals

Introduction

American San Francisco-based company Airbnb is an important pillar of Goa’s tourism industry, contributing over $108 million (₹850 crore) to the gross domestic product and supporting over 11,500 local jobs in 2022 alone, said a new research from Oxford Economics.

Airbnb Guest Spending in Goa

According to the research, Goa had the largest share of Airbnb guest spending, amounting to a total of $189 million (approx. ₹1,480 crore) in 2022. This spending includes purchases on transportation, restaurants, retail stores, and other retail establishments.

Multiplier Effect on Local Communities

The report also highlighted the powerful multiplier effect Airbnb guest spending has within local communities.

Acknowledgment from Airbnb India’s General Manager

“Goa is a highly sought-after tourism destination and is one of the most popular destinations in India. We recognize the immense value of fostering tourism that is not just high quality but also sustainable and supports our Goan community. This report reaffirms the profound positive impact Airbnb guests leave on local families, businesses, and communities. As the backbone of Goa’s economy, the tourism industry not only offers micro-entrepreneurship opportunities but also employs locals in various tourism-related activities,” said Airbnb India’s — Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, and Taiwan — General Manager Amanpreet Bajaj.

Collaboration with Goa Tourism Department

Bajaj added that Airbnb is mulling deepening its collaboration with the Goa Tourism Department, aiming to promote tourism that is both of the highest quality as well as fosters responsible travel practices, thereby enhancing the travelers’ experience while simultaneously nurturing the local communities across the state.

Testimonial from a Host

Hosting on Airbnb for over 2 years, Cheryl Gonsalves said, while speaking on her journey, “I embarked on my hosting adventure in Goa, initially knowing very little about the intricacies of running a hospitality business. Airbnb proved to be the perfect platform for me to take my first steps, and since then, I’ve expanded to 8 listings in the city. Along the way, I’ve had the privilege of welcoming guests from all corners of the world, and I’ve been able to employ more local staff to ensure that my guests continue to enjoy the authentic local experience. Over the years, Airbnb has not only enabled me but has also empowered many hosts in Goa to achieve financial independence and has played an important role in promoting hospitality micro-entrepreneurship in the state.”

Airbnb’s Contribution to India’s GDP and Job Creation

The report further found out that Airbnb in 2022 contributed over $920 million (₹7,200 crore) to India’s Gross Domestic Product and supported over 85,000 jobs. In 2022, Airbnb guests spent a total of $815 million (₹6,400 crore) in India, more than double the 2019 levels.

SDGs, Targets, and Indicators

1. Which SDGs are addressed or connected to the issues highlighted in the article?

  • SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals

2. What specific targets under those SDGs can be identified based on the article’s content?

  • Target 8.9: By 2030, devise and implement policies to promote sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products.
  • Target 9.1: Develop quality, reliable, sustainable, and resilient infrastructure, including regional and transborder infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being.
  • Target 12.8: By 2030, ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature.
  • Target 17.17: Encourage and promote effective public, public-private, and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships.

3. Are there any indicators mentioned or implied in the article that can be used to measure progress towards the identified targets?

  • Indicator for Target 8.9: Contribution of tourism to GDP, employment, and local community development.
  • Indicator for Target 9.1: Investment in infrastructure development in tourism destinations.
  • Indicator for Target 12.8: Awareness and adoption of sustainable tourism practices by tourists and local communities.
  • Indicator for Target 17.17: Number of partnerships between Airbnb and local tourism departments for sustainable tourism promotion.

SDGs, Targets, and Indicators Table

SDGs Targets Indicators
SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth Target 8.9: By 2030, devise and implement policies to promote sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products. Contribution of tourism to GDP, employment, and local community development.
SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure Target 9.1: Develop quality, reliable, sustainable, and resilient infrastructure, including regional and transborder infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being. Investment in infrastructure development in tourism destinations.
SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production Target 12.8: By 2030, ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature. Awareness and adoption of sustainable tourism practices by tourists and local communities.
SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals Target 17.17: Encourage and promote effective public, public-private, and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships. Number of partnerships between Airbnb and local tourism departments for sustainable tourism promotion.

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