Frequently Asked Questions
What makes for a successful Experience?
While there isn’t a single recipe to follow, the most successful experiences start with a passionate, knowledgeable host. Someone with deep experience, unique perspectives and a strong desire to share with others. A host should feel comfortable talking with and presenting to strangers and have an appropriate venue to welcome travelers and enough space to enjoy the Experience. Ideally, a host can provide exclusive or “behind the scenes” access that a traveler couldn’t access by themselves. Lastly, the Experience should be participatory and engaging. Travelers on the Experiences platform are looking to create, try and do new things. More information on hosting can be found on the Airbnb Hosting portal and you can learn a lot about Experiences by browsing the Airbnb website.
Does Airbnb submit taxes for the short-term rentals rented on their platform?
Yes, Airbnb has remitted taxes on behalf of all their Utah hosts since October 2016. Between October 2016 and December 2017, Airbnb has collected and remitted $9.4 million in taxes through the Utah Tax Commission on behalf of the Homes hosts on their platform.
Does my experience need to include lodging?
Single experiences do not include include lodging and are separate from Airbnb’s accommodations platform. Your Experience participants can stay in a hotel, camp or stay in a private residence. In fact, Airbnb has found that many people use the Experiences platform to discover new things to do in their home cities. Adventures may include lodging if it accentuates the overall Experience. For example, camping in Zion National Park might include all of the supplies needed to camp.
What does the Airbnb host insurance cover?
Download the EPI Overview [PDF]
Airbnb’s Experience Protection Insurance Program (“EPI”) provides primary liability coverage for up to $1,000,000 USD (or local equivalent) per Experience in the event of third party claims of bodily injury or property damage during an Experience. This coverage is subject to conditions and limitations, and certain exclusions may apply.
The Experience Protection Insurance program covers Experience Hosts, their employees that provide services in connection with an Experience, and certain third parties that contract with the Experience Host to furnish venues in connection with an Experience, when claims are brought against them because a third party suffers bodily injury or property damage during an Experience. For examples of what’s covered and what’s not, please visit Airbnb’s Help Center.
The Experience Protection Insurance program can serve as your primary coverage for eligible claims filed as a result of hosting Airbnb Experiences.
What is in it for UOT?
This partnership with Airbnb helps UOT achieve two important goals and contributes to growing Utah’s tourism economy.
- As part of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, UOT is committed to supporting the Governor’s 25k jobs initiative to create 25,000 new jobs in rural communities across the state. This program allows individuals to begin building part-time businesses around their unique skills, expertise and cultural traditions without needing a bank loan to get started.
- Our Utah Red Emerald initiative, unveiled this fall, focuses on growing Utah’s tourism community by encouraging travelers to stay longer, spend more and engage more deeply with the communities they visit. Experiences are an excellent addition to a visit to Utah and allow travelers to gain a better understanding of the rich cultural traditions in the state, gain a new skill or try something they would have never tried on vacation.