Barcelona’s efforts to rid itself of illegal vacation apartments could be the most effective crackdown on Airbnb yet. Last month, the city told the site to remove 2,577 listings that it found to be operating without a city-approved license, or face a court case potentially leading to a substantial fine. Then on June 1, Airbnb and the city launched a new agreement that gives Barcelona officials access to data about what’s being listed around town.
It’s June, which means Pride is officially upon us. When it comes to celebrating love, inclusion and diversity, there are a few destinations that stand out. So for all would-be Pride travelers, Airbnb has compiled a list of the best places to celebrate.
“Airbnb is excited to reveal the world’s top destinations for an unforgettable Pride this year,” the company shared in a statement. “In order to achieve an overview of the best pride destinations in 2018 it was vital to have the right amalgamation of factors relating to the popularity and openness for LGBT travelers.”
More than one million tourists who visited the Czech Republic last year were accommodated via Airbnb, which is an increase by over 50 percent on the previous year. The number of Airbnb travellers in the regions outside of Prague increased even more significantly, by 108 percent. The data was released on Wednesday by Anita Roth, head of policy research at Airbnb.
Most Airbnb travellers who visited the Czech Republic in 2017 came from Germany and the United States. Europeans accounted for 75 percent of all guests, with French and British visitors forming the second and third largest groups. Altogether, they spent more than 320 million euros in the country.
Rental site Airbnb said Thursday (Jun 7) it had been forced by Japanese authorities to cancel thousands of reservations ahead of a new law regulating short-term rentals, apologising for the "extraordinary disruption". "This stinks - and that's an understatement," Airbnb said in a statement, adding it would fully refund cancelled reservations and was also creating a US$10 million fund to compensate affected travellers.
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