Crowds gathered in the Gaslamp Quarter as Comic-Con fans make their way to the San Diego Convention Center. File photo by Chris Stone

Airbnb said Monday it expects its short-term rental hosts to welcome 41,000 guests to San Diego between Pride Weekend and Comic-Con and earn $9 million.

The company said its estimates were based on booking data for the period July 11 to 22. Those visitors will come from 77 countries and all 50 states.

Airbnb said that during a period when many hotels are fully booked, home sharing can help the city welcome the additional visitors. It estimated that three quarters of bookings were outside of the main hotel areas.

“Guests have long flocked to San Diego, and we’re glad that the Airbnb community can offer visitors an affordable way to enjoy their time in American’s Finest City while earning meaningful extra income using their property,” said Laura Spanjian, Airbnb senior policy director.

“Airbnb’s mission is to create a world where anyone can belong anywhere and whether it’s affordable access to the coast or big events like Comic Con and Pride, Airbnb has something to offer everyone visiting San Diego,” she added.

As short-term rentals have become more popular, they have attracted criticism in some neighborhoods and from some politicians, although attempts at significant regulation in San Diego have failed.

Last week Encinitas Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath pulled a bill that would have sharply restricted owners from renting their homes in coastal zones.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.