Russia expects to welcome around 3.5 million visitors during the soccer World Cup — and they all need somewhere to stay. DW correspondent Yulia Vishnevetskaya decided to advertise her apartment on Airbnb. I got the idea of renting out my apartment during the 2018 World Cup from my friend Marina. She's been letting her apartment to tourists for quite a while now through Airbnb, the biggest online marketplace for private accommodation. Marina says she and her family can always go and stay in the countryside, and it's a way of bringing in some extra money. "My landlord doesn't know about it," she says. "I don't think he cares."
The battle over city regulation of short-term rentals (STRs) escalated recently when Airbnb stopped showing city license numbers on its New Orleans listings, making it more difficult for the city to enforce its STR ordinance. According one City Council member, the move may actually hurt Airbnb’s local hosts more than the city. “I’m befuddled,” said District C Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer, who led the council’s recent effort to start reining in certain types of STRs. “What it does is make all the local hosts noncompliant under the current ordinance” and therefore subject to fines up to $500 a day.
As tourists begin to descend on Montreal for the summer festival season, you may find yourself contemplating the use of short-term rental sites like Airbnb, VRBO or HomeAway. After all, those visitors have to stay somewhere. But if you’re going to try renting a room or home on one of those sites, there are a few things you should know first. For one, websites like Airbnb offer guidelines to make sure there are no surprises for you or your guests. This is particularly important since their systems place an emphasis on user ratings. If you’re wondering about potential earnings, it’s worth checking out which weeks and areas are most profitable.
Just a little more than a week after Airbnb decided to cancel 80 percent of its bookings in Japan to comply with new stricter laws for short-term rentals, the company debuted a new partnership-driven business strategy, For now, it is limited to Japan, but also serves as a model for future growth plans in other regions. The Japan model may also hint at future programs from Airbnb that relate to loyalty and its new Airbnb Plus ctegory of homes. Called Airbnb Partners, the program involves partnerships between Airbnb and 36 different Japanese businesses, ranging from already established loyalty programs and service providers that can help Airbnb hosts, to supply partners such as real estate developers.
Holiday rental platform Airbnb has looked at the locations of the guests who have already booked a stay in London during the first two weeks of July, when the Wimbledon tennis tournament takes place, and found that the number of Romanian guest bookings have almost doubled this year.
The number of Romanians who have booked accommodation through Airbnb between July 2 and July 15 increased by 97%, Housebeautiful.com reported. The increase may be the result of Simona Halep’s great win at the Roland Garros this year, where she won her first Grand Slam title.
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