Remote African Island Tops Airbnb Listings

When it comes to Airbnb occupancy rates in Africa, a volcanic island that sprang out of the ocean three million years ago leads the way. The remote Indian Ocean island of Réunion has all the top 10 locations for average occupancy in the accommodation-sharing site, according to data from short-term rental analytics firm AirDNA. These listings include entire homes, private or shared rooms occupied between March 2018 and February 2019. During this timeframe, L’Ermitage Les Bains area was listed as having one of the highest average Airbnb revenues in the whole of Africa, preceded only by Moses Kotane and Bela Bela towns in South Africa. In 2010, UNESCO included the island’s volcanic peaks and ramparts in its list of natural World Heritage Sites. The Piton de la Fournaise, one of the most active volcanoes on the planet, attracts tourists particularly as it gains ground on the ocean during certain lava flows. In total, more than 550,000 tourists arrived on the island in 2017, according to the World Tourism Organization.


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