New EU STR rules a step closer after European Parliament vote – Hospitality Net

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Airbnb welcomes the latest vote in the European Parliament, marking a further step towards the adoption of the EU’s new short-term rental rules.

New EU-wide rules are a watershed moment for Airbnb and our industry. For the last two years Airbnb has called for an EU-wide approach to short-term rental rules that will help make regulations more consistent across the bloc. Platforms and authorities will have clear guidance on how to share data and it should become simpler for Hosts to register with their local authority and adhere to proportionate rules.

Short-term rental hosts – like the ones hosting on Airbnb – make up nearly one-quarter of all EU tourist accommodation supply1 and the EU is home to more Hosts on Airbnb than any region in the world. The vast majority of Hosts share one listing and the typical EU Host earned just under €4,000 in 2022 with nearly half saying hosting helps them to make ends meet2.

Airbnb’s priority is to expand our work with cities and governments to support the families who host and help tackle local concerns such as housing. We want to be good partners and will take the opportunity of new EU rules to kickstart a new chapter in our collaborations with governments across the EU.

1. Source: European Commission, https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_22_6493 2. Typical refers to all hosts and listings that were active on the site at some point in the prior 12 month time period

About Airbnb

Airbnb was born in 2007 when two Hosts welcomed three guests to their San Francisco home, and has since grown to over 4 million Hosts who have welcomed more than 1 billion guest arrivals across over 220 countries and regions. Travel on Airbnb keeps more of the financial benefits of tourism with the people and places that make it happen. Airbnb has generated billions of dollars in earnings for Hosts, most of whom are individuals listing the homes in which they live. Among Hosts who report their gender, more than half are women, and one in five employed Hosts are either teachers or healthcare workers. Travel on Airbnb also has generated more than $4 billion in tax revenue around the world. Airbnb has helped advance more than 1,000 regulatory frameworks for short-term rentals, including in 80% of our top 200 geographies. In late 2020, to support our continued expansion and diversification, we launched the City Portal to provide governments with a one-stop shop that supports data sharing and compliance with local registration rules. We continue to invest in innovations and tools to support our ongoing work with governments around the world to advance travel that best serves communities.

About Airbnb.org

Airbnb.org is a nonprofit organization dedicated to facilitating temporary stays for people in times of crisis around the world. Airbnb.org operates independently and leverages Airbnb, Inc.’s technology, services, and other resources at no charge to carry out Airbnb.org’s charitable purpose. The inspiration for Airbnb.org began in 2012 with a single host named Shell who opened up her home to people impacted by Hurricane Sandy. This sparked a movement and marked the beginning of a program that allows Hosts on Airbnb to provide stays for people in times of need. Since then, the program has evolved to focus on emergency response and to help provide stays to evacuees, relief workers, refugees, asylum seekers, and frontline workers fighting the spread of COVID-19. Since then, Hosts have offered to open up their homes and helped provide accommodations to 100,000 people in times of need. Airbnb.org is a separate and independent entity from Airbnb, Inc. Airbnb, Inc. does not charge service fees for Airbnb.org supported stays on its platform.

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