Denver, Colorado — — It is a time of year in the Colorado metro, a time when people are trying to find ways to get into the holiday spirit, even if they aren’t going to the holiday fair.
The city of Denver has the second-highest Airbnb vacancy rate in the country, behind only Chicago.
The number of listings is so high that it has pushed the number of Airbnb rentals up by almost 20% in the last year, according to Airbnb Denver.
“We’re still not where we want to be,” said Dan Hirsch, the CEO of Airbnb Denver, in a recent interview with CNN.
“We’re seeing a significant uptick in demand for listings that have not been there in a long time.”
That demand has caused a spike in hotel occupancy rates in Denver, which was the second worst metro in the U.S. last year.
Airbnb Denver says that the increase in occupancy is the result of a large influx of guests coming into Denver for the holidays.
“There’s a lot of excitement,” Hirsch said.
“The hotel occupancy is actually up about 20% from last year.”
Hirsch says that there is also a surge in guests who are looking for a way to make extra money.
“That’s probably the biggest demand,” he said.
Hirsch said that Denver has been hit hard by the drought, which has seen the amount of snowfall in Denver decrease significantly.
There is a strong push by Denver hoteliers to increase the amount and quality of the holiday decorations that they can produce during the cold weather.
“People want to make sure they can get in the holiday season, and there’s a demand for the decorations,” Himmer said.
The demand has been so great that the city has already begun adding new decorations to its streets.
Himmer said that Airbnb Denver is not the only company looking to make money during the holiday period.
Other businesses, including restaurants and hotels, have started offering discounted rates during the peak holiday season.
“Our goal is to provide a safe place to stay during the holidays,” said Himmer.
“A lot of people, if they’re not traveling with their family, are going to stay home.
And they’re going to want to do that during the busiest time of the year, when they have the most demand.”