Featuring her recommendations for Airbnb hosts on where to send their guests during the Pride Weekend, the guide showcases the very best of Dublin for Dublin Pride Festival. According to Panti, “Airbnb has always been a huge supporter of Pride around the world. As such, I’m excited to launch the #HostWithPride Guide to help hosts showcase some of the most fabulous spots in Dublin to their guests and help them live like locals during Pride. Ireland has always been known as a welcoming country but now, one year on from the momentous passing of the Marriage Referendum, we can say that Ireland is truly an incredible country that welcomes everyone, a country we can all be proud of.”
Last year 50,000 people attended the Dublin LGBT Pride Parade and this year organisers say that similar numbers are expected to be in Dublin for the annual celebrations. With a projected 4,000 Airbnb guests expected to fly into Dublin over the festival weekend, Dublin hosts could make up to €1m euro (approx. €900K).
According to Aisling Hassell, Global Head of Customer Experience, Airbnb “Airbnb has changed the way we travel the world, creating a connected like-minded community of hosts and guests. One year on from the passing of the Marriage Referendum, Ireland has made history and is one of the most welcoming countries in the world for the LGBT community”.
Panti’s #HostWithPride Guide for Guests
· Best Brunch – Bow Lane will be the place to be the morning after this year. The Sunday after Pride will be the first monthly Drag Brunch in Bow Lane where guests will be treated to a post Pride afternoon with a drag diva host, DJs, delicious cocktails, lip-sync battles and cupcake competitions!
· Best Place for a Dance – Mother Pride Block Party , Tivoli
· Best Cocktail – Vintage Cocktail Club, Crown Alley, Temple Bar. Unassuming, almost hidden from the outside, but inside a gorgeous relaxed venue with amazing cocktails
· Best View of Parade – At the O’Connell Monument on O’Connell Street, wave like a royal as the parade passes by
· Best Show – Shirley Temple-Bar’s legendary “Sunday Bingo Show” at The George has been packing them in for nearly 20 years! A drag queen cast of thousands(*may not be thousands), performing for a lively crowd of locals and tourists. A gay Dublin “must”. The Holiday show special pantos are eagerly anticipated
· Best Party – Of course the best party is Pantibar’s All Day Pride Street Party (!!) where the party takes over the lane outside the bar for the day
· Best Historical Spot – You’d be remiss not to visit the statue of Irish gay icon Oscar Wilde in Merrion Square park (location of post-parade Pride party), where the famous writer and wit lounges languidly on a rock looking across to the house where he grew up
· Best Neighbourhood – Dublin 8 is one of Dublin’s most hip neighbourhoods with up and coming restaurants, dog friendly cafes and exciting bars
Research* has revealed that over half (53%) of Irish people believe the passing of the Marriage Referendum makes Ireland a more attractive place to visit. The research also found that over half (54%) believe that Ireland is a more welcoming place since the Marriage Referendum passed and 60% said that it made them more proud to be Irish.
Since 2009, more than 419,000 (up to Sept 2015) guests used Airbnb to explore Ireland. Hosts in Ireland have more than doubled annually since 2010, and there are currently 11,100 listings in Ireland, and 4,700 in Dublin (guests to Dublin stay 3.5 nights on average). The average Irish host earns €2,600 a year and 59 percent of Irish hosts say hosting helped them to stay in their homes.
*Conducted by iReach in June 2016 and surveyed 1,000 people nationwide.