Virginia Airbnb hosts earn more than $100 million in supplemental income

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Airbnb is looking to have another successful year, after ending 2018 on a high note.

The home rental service announced the Airbnb host community in Virginia earned nearly $104 million in supplemental income in 2018.

The company kept track of how much its hosts made throughout 40 Virginia counties-- Washington County and Birstol ranked number 12 for the highest host income.

Airbnb reports a Virginia host typically earns $5,500 annually in supplemental income.

One Bristol couple found out about the extra cash Airbnb offers, and decided to rent out their spare room.

"I love meeting new people and enjoy having people in my home," said Elizabeth Van Ryn. Her and her fiance Sterling Tilley have been Airbnb hosts for around three months.

They say their spare room has been booked almost every night since they joined the host community.

"Sometimes we think we'll have a day off, but then someone will hit us up around 6:00 p.m. and ask to stay with us," said Tilley.

Ac coring to Airbnb, nearly 750,000 guests stayed in Virginia in 2018. Washington County and Bristol received 7,000 of those guests.

Tilley and Van Ryn say the constant work is worth the extra cash.

"A paycheck every two weeks is good, but if you have that supplemental income that's right in between, it makes a big difference," said Tilley.

Bristol was also recently named the best small town in Virginia by the travel blog The Discoverer. Tilley and Van Ryn say they're not surprised by this, because most of the guests they host come to the area for tourism reasons.

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