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Week of March the 25th

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Airbnb to give Chinese authorities guest information

Airbnb is to start sending the Chinese government information about customers who book accommodation in China.

Data shared with the authorities will include passport details and the dates of bookings.

Hosts listing accommodation in China will also have their details passed on once they start accepting bookings.

The online home-sharing giant said the move meant it was now complying with local laws and regulations, "like all businesses operating in China".

Airbnb China - the firm's local operation - has about 140,000 listings.

Berlin had some of the world’s most restrictive rules for Airbnb rentals. Now it’s loosening up.

For cities looking to adopt a hard line on Airbnb and other short-term home rentals, Germany’s capital has been a model of resolve.

In 2016, Berlin implemented some of the world’s strictest laws for vacation rentals. With few exceptions, the city made short-term rentals on platforms such as Airbnb and Wimdu illegal, with fines of up to 100,000 euros ($124,000) for hosts who violate the law.

But two years later, Berlin is loosening restrictions on homesharers — a shift Airbnb is celebrating and other urban tourist destinations may be watching with concern. As Berlin has learned, cracking down on private home rentals is a massive task, and the courts aren’t necessarily on your side.

The city’s assembly decided Thursday to overturn a law introduced in April 2016 that barred almost all landlords from letting their apartments to short-term visitors, enforced by a maximum €100,000 ($123,000) fine. Thursday’s ruling means that, starting May 1, owner-occupiers will, under certain conditions, be allowed once more to rent out their own home as much as they want, and to rent out second homes for up to 90 days a year. For a city that’s become well-known for its extremely tough laws governing vacation rentals, the new ruling might seem like a major compromise.

Skift Podcast: The Airbnb Threat to Hotels and Booking Sites

Airbnb says its goal is to become a “super brand of travel,” and the company that started as a homesharing platform 10 years ago has been taking major steps to make that a reality. In addition to alternative accommodations, dining, and tours and activities, Airbnb is also getting into the actual hotel business.

With a new public push to get boutique hotels and bed and breakfasts to list their rooms on the site, Airbnb is giving online travel agencies like Booking.com and Expedia a run for their money. And hotels are still trying to figure out how to handle competition from the company.

On this episode of the Skift podcast, we’re talking about the Airbnb threat: What online travel agencies might be in for, the opportunities that exist for the hospitality industry, and what it all means for hotel owners.

New animal ‘Airbnb’ launches in Dubai for cats and dogs

We all love a snoop around someone else’s home enjoying the creature comforts of their abode, and with dogs it’s no different.

A new ‘animal Airbnb’ launched in the UAE is helping pet owners find sitters to take care of their beloved animals while they are away.

Dupaws allows dogs and cats (and parrots) to enjoy a home environment while their owners are away, without the constrictions and expense of a kennel.

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