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Airbnb had a big 2017 in Nebraska.

The online lodging rental company said Tuesday that its Nebraska users hosted about 46,000 guests this year and made $4.3 million.

That was up 107 percent over last year, Airbnb said in a news release.

The vast majority of the activity was in Omaha, which accounted for more than half of the stays (nearly 27,000) and income (more than $2.7 million).

Lincoln Airbnb hosts accounted for more than 6,100 stays and more than $480,000 in income.

Bellevue was third, Gretna fourth and Kearney fifth.

Airbnb also said that statewide data it has collected indicates that it is complementing hotels, drawing in users who wouldn't otherwise stay in a hotel, rather than siphoning business away from hotels.


Business editor/reporter

Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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