A tour of Airbnb meetups with Parisian hosts

In Paris, the host community has grown and gathered. Today, in Paris, there are more than 60,000 listings proposed by the hosts on Airbnb.

To keep this link with hosts, Mathis, in charge of the Airbnb community, has been meeting them for the past four months. The objective was multiple:

  • Sharing feelings of belonging to the community
  • Understand why people like to host travelers from around the world
  • Learn more about the Airbnb community in Paris
  • Answer to questions that hosts ask about legal and tax issues

We had not met the community for a few months, says Mathis. It was important for us to re-create this important link. The initial idea was to find each other by regrouping arrondissements around a glass of wine and some cheese to discuss.

Everything goes very quickly: the Parisian hosts are always more numerous, and the regulation is constantly changing. It is therefore necessary to take the time to settle in each neighborhood, to create links within the community and to answer the questions of our hosts. It was a real success, because everyone really played the game thoroughly.

As for the hosts, this tour has created a real craze. About 20 Parisian hosts decided to launch Entr’Hôtes, a help group that brings together Airbnb Parisian hosts. The objective is to meet regularly to share good practices, to help each other and to better understand the legislative framework to upgrade all Parisian hosts. The collective has already published an open letter to Anne Hidalgo, published in Les Echos.

In total, a dozen meetups were organized throughout Paris. Here is an overview of all these encounters.

  • Meetup with the hosts of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th arrondissement at the Workshop (15/02)

The tour kicked off on 15 February with hosts from the heart of the capital. Often pointed out by the Paris City Council, the Parisian community wanted to understand the reasons for this pressure. The hosts offered many ideas to show that they wanted to be the best ambassadors of Paris and to give travelers from allover the world a chance to live Paris in an authentic way. 

  • Meetup with hosts of the 9th, 10th, 18th and 19th arrondissement at Les Petites Gouttes (22/02)

Located in an ecodistrict of the 18th arrondissement in the north of Paris, Les Petites Gouttes bar and restaurant welcomed some forty Parisian hosts from the 9th, 10th, 18th and 19th arrondissement of Paris as well as the Airbnb team from Office in Paris. Friendly exchanges and discussions between the hosts after a presentation of the impact of Airbnb in the capital. “It was a really convivial moment,” says Léa, 24, host in the 18th. It’s really nice to meet the Airbnb team. They answered our questions and we also met hosts, like us! We rarely have this opportunity !” 

  • Meetup Maisons de France at The Family (02/03)

In the warm and original decor of the prestigious Parisian incubator The Family, this meetup was a special kind since only hosts from the Paris suburbs were invited to this event. Because the Airbnb community is not only present in Paris but also in the small crown. On the agenda: a point on an economic impact study of the community in Ile-de-France, discussions on the legislation in force and, finally, a screening of films honoring our winners of the Maisons de France by Airbnb competition, which awarded the 14 Airbnb hosts making the most of their regions. You can find the videos of these hosts by clicking here. 

  • Meetup with hosts of the 5th, 6th, 13th and 14th arrondissement at BTCoworking (March 23rd)

For a session of exchange and reflection, what better than a coworking space! Animated debates, passionate discussions and constructive exchanges … The hosts of the 5th, 6th, 13th and 14th arrondissement of Paris were very curious and full of questions about the legislative evolutions that the City of Paris intends to set up in Paris.

  • 29/03: Meetup with hosts of the 7th and 15th arrondissement at Friends

The hosts of the 7th and 15th arrondissement met on 29 March in a small tea room in the residential district of Convention. Within the community, there was a lot of interest in the evolution of the Airbnb offer. It must be said that the launching of Trips, the possibility for all Parisians now to offer unique experiences, has aroused the curiosity of the hosts.

  • 04/03: Meetup with the hosts of the 11th arrondissement at the “Embassy of Auvergne”

The Ambassade d’Auvergne is one of the many temples of French gastronomy. The Châteaux & Hôtels Collection is a rustic setting where the hosts of the 11th arrondissement have been welcomed by the chefs of this Parisian bistro and the Airbnb team. On the menu: discussions on legislation, taxation and registration. Then taste local products from the Auvergne region: hams, sausages, aligot and white wine to water the whole. A real treat appreciated by the hosts!

  • 12-18-25 / 04: meetup with the hosts of the 12th, 8th and 20th arrondissement at the Airbnb office in Paris

At the office, the three meetups on April 12, 18 and 25 took place in a very calm and peaceful atmosphere. It must be said that the setting was very nice. Received in the Hospitality Lounge, the reception room of the Paris office, hosts of the 12th, 8th and 20th arrondissements were able to contemplate the impregnable view of the Opéra Garnier. The Airbnb team was able to take the time to answer all the questions of the room. Some of the hosts who met together on those evenings planned to meet again by organizing regular dinners. 

  • 15/05: Meetup of the 16th arrondissement with hosts of the 16th arrondissement

In the very majestic hall of the City Hall, Claude Goasguen, deputy and mayor of the 16th arrondissement, welcomed the Airbnb host community. In his introductory speech, the mayor assured that he would “help the Airbnb community because what it does by opening its doors to the world is a necessity for the influence of Paris on the international scene and in France.” He also stressed the need to defend the right of individuals to share their housing, “fundamental rights have been undermined for several months by the City of Paris”. Hosts asked many questions about future legislative and tax regulations. 

The Airbnb community in Ile-de-France has generated more than 2 billion economic activity. The typical host on Airbnb in Ile-de-France rents its housing 35 days a year and earns an additional income of €2,100 per year. The typical host is generally 38 years old.

On behalf of the entire Airbnb team, we would like to express our warmest thank you to the Airbnb Host Community. Thanks to them, travelers from all over the world discover Paris in the most authentic way possible. It is the hosts who make Paris even more Paris.

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