(Singapore) Airbnb, the leading community driven hospitality company, today named the 16 neighborhoods to travel to in 2016. Airbnb analyzed the travel patterns of more than 40 million people that stayed in homes on Airbnb in 2015 and selected neighborhoods that have gained momentum in the past year. Asian neighborhoods took the top of the list led by the far and away frontrunner, Chuo-ku in Osaka, Japan - a neighborhood famed for it’s artistic theaters and delicious street food vendors.“Airbnb travelers are checking in to neighborhoods in all corners of the globe and in doing so they are visiting local coffee shops and small businesses that haven’t benefitted from tourism in the past,” said Chip Conley, Head of Hospitality, Airbnb. “When an Airbnb traveler heads to Hammerbrook in Hamburg or Brickfields in Kuala Lumpur, with the help of hosts, they are able to see these places through the eyes of a local, and embrace the culture in a completely new way.” Closer to home, Singaporeans have proven themselves to be savvy travelers by being ahead of the trend in terms of discovering new travel gems. Mirroring some of the top 16 neighborhoods to travel to in 2016 (below); Japan, Australia, Bali and Thailand have long been the preferred Asian destinations that have dominated Singaporeans’ travel agendas.
16 Neighborhoods to Visit in 2016
Chūō-ku in Osaka, Japan - 7471% Growth
Banglampoo in Bangkok, Thailand - 1239% Growth
Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - 1231% Growth
Capucins in Bordeaux, France - 966% Growth
Koukaki in Athens, Greece - 801% growth
Triana in Seville, Spain - 774% growth
Hammerbrook in Hamburg, Germany - 418% growth
Kaneohe on Oahu, US - 324% Growth
Meireles in Fortaleza, Brazil - 287% Growth
Roma Sur in Mexico City, Mexico - 279% Growth
Oak Lawn in Dallas, US - 264% Growth
Poncey-Highland in Atlanta, GA - 242% Growth
District VII in Budapest, Hungary - 148% Growth
The Bukit Peninsula, Bali - 134% growth
Richmond in Melbourne, Australia - 126% Growth
Constitución in Buenos Aires, Argentina - 125% growth To unearth the vibrant pockets in towns and cities, Airbnb analyzed the travel to local communities that took place over 2015, across regions, countries, metros, and down to neighborhoods. The final list is composed of neighborhoods in some of the most popular cities around the globe, where bookings are growing particularly fast and give people a chance to not just be a temporary visitor, but feel like they can live as a local in a neighborhood. Most guests on Airbnb stay outside of traditional downtown districts and are looking to become immersed in the community and with its people. When guests stay in a home on Airbnb, they have local hosts that can share inside knowledge about a neighborhood and its go-to locations for the best cup of joe or local cuisine, where to go for a jog, where to find local art, artisans, and more. Many hosts already share these insights in their listings and in the Guidebooks product on Airbnb.Some consistent themes across the neighborhoods that made the list:
- Art: Creativity is alive across the globe and modern interpretations vary. While museums remain popular, people are seeking neighborhoods known for street murals like Melbourne’s Richmond area, or interesting mixed galleries/performance spaces/shopping experiences like Vertigo Galleria in Roma Sur, Mexico City.- Food: Interest in food from around the world is growing both for upscale restaurants and for street vendors. Fast, cheap, and delicious food is blossoming around the world - from hawker market in Asia to food trucks in the US and street stalls in Latin America, everyone is clamoring for these local concoctions. On the flip side, travelers still love dining at the finest restaurants despite the hefty price tag and are flocking to Molecular Gastronomy-inspired restaurants in Constitución, Buenos Aires, or splurging on decadent French food in Capucins in Bordeaux. But no matter the neighborhood, one thing most people agree on is the need for coffee, and each Airbnb host has their own favorite cafe they encourage guests to go to.- Outdoor Experiences: People are travelling on foot to soak in the local culture, whether it’s to leisurely stroll down a secret alleyway or escape for a long hike. From jogging through Katy Trail in Oak Lawn in Dallas, Texas, to meandering through the narrow walkways of Chou-ku in Osaka, Japan or around the Waterfront of Calle Bettis in Traina, Seville, Spain, people are looking for the best routes to undiscovered gems within cities.
- Shopping: While traditional malls attract visitors, more people are seeking out neighborhoods where local artisans congregate and sell their unique wares such as District VII in Budapest, Hungary or Poncey Highland in Atlanta, Georgia.