May 25, 2017

Airbnb’s change of heart toward Strasbourg



Alain Fontanel
By Claude TRUONG-NGOC (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Alain Fontanel has done it himself – used the Airbnb platform to find accommodation. When travelling in his native country of France, or abroad, with his three children, an Airbnb apartment can be more attractive than staying at a hotel, he told EUobserver in an interview.

The vice-mayor of Strasbourg, in charge of tourism, has also rented out his own house to strangers, making use of Airbnb. Alain Fontanel is the vice-mayor of Strasbourg, in charge of tourism

He did not see any problem in citizens occasionally renting out their apartments through apps such as these. The real trouble is caused by owners of multiple buildings, that use Airbnb to rent out rooms throughout the year, but without any of the permits that would be required of hotels.

“There is a big difference between one owner with one apartment renting one or two months per year, and someone who has four, five apartments, renting each of them all year long,” Fontanel said, adding that “it’s not the same problem.”

The “multi-owner”, as […]

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