Visitors to Shepherdstown from every continent except Antarctica have climbed aboard Will Sutherland’s converted school bus to spend a night or two.
Since Sutherland and his partner Sabrina Hartley started listing the bus on Airbnb in December 2014, they have entertained guests from Pakistan, China, Ireland, Australia, Iran, Brazil, El Salvador, Mexico, Italy, the United Kingdom and more.
The pair may sound like a business anomaly, but they are some of the 500 West Virginians who earned a combined $2.9 million from Airbnb transactions in 2016, according to a news release from the company.
Airbnb is a website that helps travelers find lodging in homes, vacation houses, hotels and more unusual structures. Airbnb says the Mountain State’s hosts provided overnight accommodations for 27,000 people — many of whom were first-time visitors to West Virginia.
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