In an effort to galvanise local support, homesharing clubs made up of Airbnb hosts have begun meeting up regularly in 100 cities around the world as part of a fightback by the company against authorities seeking to curb their expansion.

It is held that some cities will become cheap places to stay for tourists and unaffordable for everyone else.

This article discusses recent actions in Berlin (fines risked of €100,000), London’s 90-day rule, New York where Airbnb is fighting back in the courts, Barcelona where Airbnb was fined €30,000 for breaching tourism laws, Accor paying £118m to acquire Onefinestay, Reykjavik’s new rules on short-term rentals, Moscow – now one of Airbnb’s top 10 most popular cities – Lisbon, where listings have tripled in three years, and San Francisco’s $1,000/day fines for unregistered listings.

Airbnb is now valued at more than Hilton Hotels.

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