'Eclipse Eve' is Airbnb's Biggest Night in SC Ever

Airbnb says the day before the Total Solar Eclipse is already their biggest day in South Carolina. News19's Lana Harris explains.

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Our area of the Midlands is one of the prime places in the country to see the Eclipse, leaving hotels booked and thousands of folks looking for an alternative place to stay. This has opened up the floodgates for home sharing sites like Airbnb.

"About 6,700 people have booked an Airbnb across the state of South Carolina for the solar eclipse," said Airbnb representative Crystal Davis.

Davis says Eclipse Eve is already their biggest drawing night in the Palmetto State, ever.

"As long as Airbnb has been around since 2008, and as long as we've been present in South Carolina, this represents the biggest night of bookings and guest arrivals," Davis said.

Davis says that's due in part by first time Airbnb users looking to cash in from the event, like Lexington resident CT York.

"I saw what type of money people were getting and I figured, hey, $1,000 or $2,000 that'd be a good extra chunk of change," York said.

York says he thinks his house near Lake Murray could be a big draw for tourists.

"I think Lake Murray is an optimal spot to view the eclipse, I myself am going to be out here with my in-laws on the boat," York said.

Davis says Airbnb couldn't be more happy to catch the wave.

"Any time there's like a major event where our platform experiences a spike in travel, like the Super Bowl or the Olympics, we're just happy people are coming to our platform," Davis said.

Airbnb listings in the Columbia and Lexington area span from hundreds to upwards of $1,000 dollars a night. 

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