CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte is poised to tap virtually all of center city's hotel inventory when it's time to host the RNC. But thousands more will be staying at an Airbnb.
- There’s roughly 1,500 active Airbnb hosts in Charlotte, according to the company
- According to Airbnb, there's been more than 100,000 Airbnb guests in Charlotte in the past 12 months
- Cabs are expected to work over time
There’s roughly 1,500 active Airbnb hosts in Charlotte, according to the company.
During the 2016 RNC, the company said about 2,000 guests stayed in Cleveland Airbnbs; a 4-times spike of the surrounding weeks.
While guests paid a median nightly price of $300, some hosts asked for upwards of $2,000 a night during the 2016 RNC.
"You wait 'til the last minute and you try to go stay and catch one of these events your only option is going to be Airbnb,” Charlotte resident and Airbnb host Vincent Montgomery said. “The hotels are booked."
According to Airbnb, there's been more than 100,000 Airbnb guests in Charlotte in the past 12 months.
Cabs are expected to work over time, the light rail should be packed the week of the convention.
But leading up to the 2016 RNC in Cleveland, Uber reportedly expected such high demand, it recruited drivers leading up to the convention.
Demand reportedly led to a 6-times rate surge.
Uber didn’t play a major role in Charlotte during the 2012 DNC, but an Uber spokesperson said the company will likely contact the RNC host committee and local governments to help coordinate a transportation plan.
"Will we have [Uber drivers] who will stay within the first secure zone and offer that curioring around?,” Charlotte Center City Partners CEO Michael Smith said. “I assume we;’ll take a trip to Cleveland and see how they did it."
Uber says in the past month, 7,500 Charlotte-area residents have earned money working as an Uber driver.