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Thousands expected to use Airbnb in SC on eclipse day

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Officials with popular home sharing marketplace Airbnb say South Carolina is on the cusp of its biggest night to date.

With less than a month until the total solar eclipse, the company says over 6,700 Airbnb guest arrivals have already been booked at Airbnb listings statewide for the rare and highly-anticipated event. They said that's a 380% increase from the same time the previous week.

"Home sharing gives cities bit and small the ability to scale up quickly for major events and creates opportunities for local residents to ear additional income by sharing extra space in their homes," said Will Burns. 

Burns serves as the director of public policy at Airbnb.

"For many families," Burns explained. "This will be the first time experiencing a solar eclipse together, and possibly even using Airbnb for the first time as well."

Greenville is expected to host 460 guest arrivals on Sunday, August 20, coming in behind Charleston with 2,500 expected guests and Mount Pleasant with 730 expected arrivals.

Behind Greenville on the list were Columbia with 400 booked guests, Folley Beach with 330 expected guest arrivals, Isle of Palms with 300 expected guest arrivals and North Charleston with 290 expected guest arrivals.

Airbnb officials say South Carolina has hosted a total of 306,000 Airbnb guests through the company, to date.

For more information about hosting with Airbnb, visit their website HERE.

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