July 23, 2017

Letting website Airbnb defends its role as ally to hotels after Visit Cornwall attack

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Airbnb has defended its role in the tourism sector saying it is an ally of hotels not the competition. Comments (0)

Room letting website Airbnb has responded to attacks from tourism bosses in Cornwall, saying it is a potential ally to local hotels, not a threat.

The San Francisco-based firm said its site allows families to share their homes, boost their income and welcome more visitors to Cornwall. The Scarlet Hotel in Mawgan Porth. Defending its role in the tourism sector, a spokesman for the site said: "Countless experts agree Airbnb is complementary to the existing hospitality industry, helps grow and diversify tourism and helps more people to travel, which is good news for everyone."

Read more: Airbnb is hijacking tourism income in Cornwall according to Visit Cornwall boss

It comes after Visit Cornwall boss Malcolm Bell said Airbnb was ‘hijacking’ tourism revenues in Cornwall and killing the holiday accommodation trade in the county.

He said that, while a majority of Airbnb venues 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 that the rest of the accommodation […]

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