Is this what the sharing economy is all about?
AirBnB is launching a new premium service aimed at providing a more hotel-like experience for the discerning traveller.
I’ve noticed how private landlords have moved in on Airbnb lately as I use it from time to time for London workstays.
Actually “did” is a better description. The prices have gone up and many of the hosts are obviously not hard-up households looking for some extra cash to pay the mortgage.
AirBnB and other “sharing” businesses like Uber continue to be seen as unfair competition by many established businesses, offering similar services but without much of the regulation and costs.
From December it will be mandatory for some Paris hosts with AirBnB and similar sites to register with the town hall. And in November 2016 Barcelona fined Airbnb €500,000 for advertising lodges that did not have permits to host tourists.
When Sue and I offered a room in our Brighton home we threw in a bathroom, the atrium and even breakfast, all for £40 a night.
It started out so community-minded but is hard commercialism the fate of the sharing economy? What’s happened to the community spirit?
Or maybe some altruistic soul will come up with a new, amateurs-only version?