FREDERICKSBURG, Texas (KXAN)– A new report by vacation rental company Airbnb lists the Hill Country town of Fredericksburg as one of its top 10 trending spots for Labor Day weekend.
In a press release on Tuesday, the company says remote areas account for 30% of bookings — a doubled share compared to last year.
“They don’t want to fly. They don’t want to travel too far. I’ve seen that people really enjoy being outside in the country,” said Barbara Kane, who lists her Fredericksburg cottage on Airbnb.
Jessica Mittel’s company, Gästehaus Schmidt, represents Kane’s property and about 164 others in the area. She says this trend started even before Labor Day weekend.
“Memorial Day weekend is when we started to pick back up again, and it hasn’t really stopped since,” Mittel said.
She says it ranges from guests who just want a change of scenery while working from home to family trips.
“They aren’t able to take their longer big vacations that they usually took in the summer to maybe out of the country or something that requires a airline ticket.”
It’s mostly good news for Fredericksburg — which saw a historic low in it’s hotel occupancy back in April of about 18.3%.
“Thankfully things have started to rebound in our area,” said Amanda Koone, a spokesperson for the Fredericksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau.
But it still comes with a little bit of caution.
So far, Gillespie County has kept their COVID-19 case count relatively low, with about 200 total cases and fewer than 20 currently active. And there are precautions in place to keep it that way.
“The capacity of restaurants, as you all know, is limited, so we encourage people to call ahead, plan ahead and really do their homework before they come, and then have a great time while practicing safety precautions,” Koone said.
Airbnb’s list of top trending destinations in the United States:
- Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
- Big Bear Lake, California
- Lake Havasu City, Arizona
- Charleston, South Carolina
- Scranton, Pennsylvania
- Wilmington, North Carolina
- Palm Springs, California
- Orange Beach, Alabama
- Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
- Fredericksburg, Texas
“Meanwhile, high-density urban destinations now make up approximately 20% of Labor Day trips this year, dropping from 40% over the same weekend in 2019,” the company stated.
Airbnb notes that with fall, people are starting to show interest in city travel again.