The Debate About Short-term Rentals Goes On in New Orleans

100,000 stayed in Airbnb-style rentals in New Orleans last year, economic impact study finds

From The Times Picayune, September 9, 2014

The average guest staying in a private-home rental spent five nights in the city, paying a median nightly rate of $141, according to the report. They spent an average of $993, the study found.

Lousteau criticized the report’s conclusions. “The amount of money allegedly spent by those who stay in private-home rentals is never compared to the amount spent by those who stay in hotels, so there is no analysis or proof of any net gain from private-home rentals,” she said.