Home sharing in the the Crescent City can be one of the world’s richest and most vibrant personal experiences. Airbnb offers a means for New Orleanians still rebuilding their finances after Hurricane Katrina and the economic downturn to earn a little extra income through the hospitality that already is their second nature, and spreads visitor and business traveler dollars to local businesses just waiting to be discovered.
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Dreama lost her job in early in 2016, and faced an uncertain future. Between jobs, she turned to Airbnb to make a little extra income that helped her and her two children stay in their home. “Airbnb has meant security in a time when I really needed it.”
After working for the Coast Guard through Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater oil spill, Cheri knows firsthand the real economic challenges many New Orleanians face. “I’m going to tell you,” Cheri remarks, “that took a toll on everybody.” But home sharing has provided a means for her to earn extra income in retirement, meet people from all over the world, and introduce tourism dollars to her local community. “Home sharing has added this richness to life that otherwise I wouldn’t have.”
Airbnb helps Reneia supplement her income, providing a little financial relief. She also enjoys providing local recommendations for her guests. “I show my guests all of New Orleans, and I show them a side of New Orleans that they would never see if they didn’t know a local person.”