July 25, 2017

Airbnb is hijacking tourism income in Cornwall according to Visit Cornwall boss Malcolm Bell

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The airbnb phenomenon is killing the holiday accommodation trade in Cornwall, tourism chiefs have claimed.

Malcolm Bell, chief executive of Visit Cornwall, the organisation which promotes the county to visitors in the UK and beyond, believes the huge San Francisco business does not abide by the same rules as traditional hotels, self-catering accommodation providers and B&Bs.

He believed that while a majority of airbnb places in Cornwall were fine, a lot of people keen to make some extra cash by renting out rooms to tourists probably did not comply with the same rules and regulations the the rest of the accommodation sector has to abide by. Could airbnb lead to an influx of tourists to sites like St Michael’s Mount and be detrimental to local tourism? He said: "We’re happy to work with them so long as airbnb providers comply with the same rules and regulations other people do. It’s about having a level playing field for Cornwall."

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There are 3,600 airbnb rooms and properties to rent in Cornwall, comprising about 10,000 beds.Mr Bell believed a lot of […]

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