This article announces that it’s time to call Airbnb what it is – a hotel franchise.

There are around 168,000 separate UK Airbnb listings, around 40% of which in London are believed to be run by professional landlords, while at the same time avoiding strict planning regulations and tax implications of building actual hotels by being implicitly part of the sharing economy.

Now Airbnb is advising hosts to “learn from hotel bathrooms” by placing “rolled up white towels in a basket” with advice on cosmetic improvements, professional photography and some home improvements paid for via an Airbnb loan. Airbnb is also co-developing franchises, as seen in Florida, into a kind of timeshare/hotel hybrid.

Read more:

 

Tagged with →