Sharing Economy

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 have submitted evidence to Tourism and Leisure APPG inquiry which closed for written evidence on 25 November 2016.  After a delay caused by the unexpected General Election in 2017 the inquiry reconvened to take oral evidence in February 2018. An interim report was published in March 2018:  2018 APPG for Tourism- sharing economy interim report and final report is expected in the early summer of 2018.

The articles:

HOTREC which represents the hotel, restaurant and café industry at European level issued a press release in October 2016. Usefully this highlights the fact that New York has recently enacted legislative control on home sharing.  The import thrust of the article is that in HOPTREC’s view AirBnB, the international brand leader in this market may, by implication, have acknowledge that it would be willing and able, if necessary, to impose self-regulatory measures along the lines being imposed by New York and also proposed by HOTREC in 2015; something it has allegedly been reluctant to acknowledge, let alone offer to enact, before now:


HOPTREC’s 10 point proposals of November 2015 are possibly rather too sweeping for  a free market, post BREXIT Britain?  Nonetheless they do act a useful aide memoire to the key heading for areas of wider concern and contain many pointers to the kind of voluntary industry and/or legislative based control that may be required to tackle some of the emerging, unforeseen,  abuses in what is still a totally unregulated market within the UK:


A selection of previous and more recent published article of possible background interest include:

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

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

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