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Western New Yorkers made $1.9 million through Airbnb last year

Western New Yorkers earned a total of $1.9 million last year listing their spare rooms and vacant homes on Airbnb last year, according to the company that manages the program.

The California-based website allows everyday consumers to list their homes or furnished bedrooms to travelers looking for lodging outside of traditional hotels.

The company released a report Tuesday that broke out the specifics of Airbnb activity in Western New York.

A total of 290 hosts rented out properties in Niagara, Erie, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties, according to Airbnb data from 2015. They hosted a total of 20,900 guests in the region.

Guests stayed an average of 2.7 nights each, and paid an average booking rate of $88.

The typical host in Western New York earns roughly $5,000 per year through Airbnb, according to the report.