Sharing Economy and OTAs

The tourism sharing economy and its wider implications.  This page contains a number of articles and links to materials which discuss some of the direct and indirect impacts and implication of the rapidly emerging home sharing/sharing economy within tourism.  Its content may be particularly useful to those destinations now wresting with the issues locally.

We submitted evidence to Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality industry APPG inquiry which closed for written evidence on 25 November 2016.  After a delay caused by the  2017 General Election the inquiry reconvened to take oral evidence in February 2018. An interim report was then published in March 2018:  2018 APPG for Tourism- sharing economy interim report followed by a final report in July 2018: 2018 APPG for Tourism- Sharing Economy Report (Final)

Recent and relevant older articles:

24 May 19 – ‘Only one room left’: Why hotel booking sites can’t be trusted

20 May 19 – Airbnb users getting scammed with fake rentals, account closures

20 May 19 – This Tourism Company Trying To Save Venice From Tourists

16 May 19 – TripAdvisor Modified Its Approach to Reviews and Sexual Assault. Did It Go Far Enough?

26 Apr 19 – Thousands of ‘fake’ reviews removed from Amazon: it’s not enough

25 Apr 19 – What the Airbnb surge means for UK cities

12 Mar 19 – Association seeks ban on OTA ‘brandjacking’

11 Feb 2019 – Airbnb development: moving towards end-to-end travel platform

6 Feb 2019 – UK Agency Addresses Misleading OTA Sales Tactics

10 Dec 2018 – Many of Berlin’s Airbnb hosts face fines

3 Dec 2018 – Mike Ashley calls for 20% tax on online sales

29 Oct 2018 – Tech giants face digital services tax

12 Sep 2018  TripAdvisor clamps down on fake reviews as it’s revealed some companies PAY for ratings

30 Aug 2018 – What Airbnb really does to a neighbourhood

17 Aug 2018 -(Irish)  Housing Minister plans clampdown on short-term lets amid housing and rental crisis

16 Aug 2018 – Worlds first Airbnb sanction scheme aims to expose rogue landlords

14 Aug 2018 – Row sparked over Airbnb rentals during Edinburgh Fringe Festival as thousands of visitors descend on capital city

9 Aug 2018 – Airbnb hits back at ‘shameless’ Bristol hotel boss for ‘smear’ (see 29 June article)

7 Aug 2018 – NY mayor signs into law new crackdown on Airbnb

18 Jul 2018  – New law forces Airbnb to open its books to New York authorities

14 Jul 2018 – AirBnB lets may be unsafe, MPs warn

14 Jul 2018 – Council backs calls for Airbnb crackdown and controls on other short term house lets in Bath

29 Jun 2018 – Bristol hoteliers take on ‘dangerous’ AirBnB 

15 Jun 2018 – Tourism pollution’: Japanese crackdown costs Airbnb $10m

8 Jun 2018 – How the world is going to war with Airbnb

6 Jun 2018 – Airbnb culls Japan listings ahead of new rental law

31 May 2018 – Landlords will be hit with crackdown to limit Airbnb rentals -Irish News

21 May 2018 – Airbnb sail into a storm in New York

18 May 2018 – Airbnb to report homeowners’ income to Danish tax authorities

9 May 2018 – Adios Airbnb: Valencia bans rentals

27 Apr 2018 – What does the ban on Airbnb-style rentals in Palma mean for the Balearics?

15 Apr 2018 – Growth in short-term-let market raises fire concerns

19 Mar 2018 – 2018 APPG for Tourism- sharing economy interim report

14 MAr 18 – HMRC takes aim at eBay and Airbnb – but how much tax do you have to pay on sales? 

19 Jan 2018 – Airbnb cuts half of San Francisco listings as new laws kick in

9 Nov 2017    The world’s most prolific Airbnb owner has 881 properties in London and earns £11.9m a year

5 Sep 2017 –  Can buy-to-let investors get more by Airbnbing their properties?

13 Aug 2017 – Half of landlords in one London borough fail to declare rental income (an HMO issue but indicative of taxation issues?)

9 August-2017- Spain’s Balearic Islands to fine illegal tourist rentals

27 Apr-2017 – Stop moaning about Airbnb, tourism chief tells hotels

5-Jan-2017 – Airbnb threat to hotels double what was forecast last year

25 Nov 2016 – British Destination APPG inquiry sharing economy narrative comment

14 Nov 2016 – Morgan Stanley: Airbnb’s Threat to Hotels Is Only Getting Sharper

3 Nov 2016 – Sadiq Khan warns crackdown on Airbnb rentals in London

27 October 2016 – Major home-sharing platform finally acknowledges the registration of

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7 June 2016 – The Airbnb pitfalls that could end up costing you thousands

25 Feb 2016 – Four ways hotels can better compete against Airbnb

13 Jan 2016 – BHA boss slams ‘dangerous’ Airbnb

7 Mar 2016 – The Impact of AirBnb on Hotel and Hospitality Industry

11 Nov 2015 – Premier Inn boss slams ‘unregulated’ Airbnb

05 Jan 2015 – Hotel industry predictions for 2015

20-Oct-2014 – Government urged to protect short-term accommodation customers

15-Sep-2014 – PwC predicts further hotel growth in 2015

15-May-2014 – Concerns grow over Airbnb ‘threat’

17-Jan-2014 – Airbnb does not pose major threat to hotels, say experts