Mar 1, 2024 - News

Rental bookings soar ahead of eclipse

A photo of a house overlooking Lake Austin.

This pad, billed as "Lake Austin Oasis," includes a telescope and is booked for the date of the eclipse. Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb

Austin, along with the greater Hill Country, has emerged as one of the most-booked destinations in the U.S. for the solar eclipse weekend, per new data from Airbnb.

Why it matters: Looks like a lot of people are headed this way.

By the numbers: Searches for short-term rentals along the solar eclipse path in the U.S. for the period of April 5-8 have increased 1,000% compared to the same period in 2023, per Airbnb.

What they're saying: The mayor of Llano, about a 90-minute drive northwest of Austin, advised residents to stock up on supplies.

  • "Be prepared to hunker down and stay home for a couple of days as the traffic in the area may prevent easy movement," Mayor Marion Bishop wrote on Facebook.

Threat level: Preparing for a tourist surge, Bell County preemptively issued a disaster declaration.

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