EU wants Airbnb, rivals to share bookings data with authorities

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Airbnb and different short-term location rental companies volition person to stock information connected the fig of radical utilizing their platforms nether projected EU rules, the European Commission said connected Monday, successful a light-touch attack to regulating this sector.

FILE PHOTO: Airbnb logo is seen displayed successful this illustration taken, May 3, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

The EU executive’s connection comes arsenic fashionable tourer destinations specified arsenic Paris, Venice and Barcelona blasted Airbnb for aggravating lodging shortages by pushing retired lower-income residents.

But smaller towns and agrarian areas privation to pull much tourists via online rental platforms, which relationship for a 4th of each tourer accommodation crossed the 27-country European Union.

The Commission’s connection marks an effort to tackle the patchwork of antithetic nationalist laws crossed the EU regulating Airbnb and its rivals, portion trying to equilibrium the interests of cities and agrarian areas.

“The caller projected rules volition assistance to amended transparency connected the recognition and enactment of short-term accommodation hosts, and connected the rules they person to comply with, and volition facilitate the registration of hosts,” the Commission said successful a statement.

“They volition besides tackle the existent fragmentation successful however online platforms stock information and, ultimately, assistance forestall amerciable listings. Overall, this volition lend to a much sustainable tourism ecosystem and enactment its integer transition,” it said.

Reuters exclusively reported connected the Commission’s connection connected Nov. 3.

Under the projected rules, Airbnb and its peers volition person to stock information astir the fig of guests and rented nights with nationalist authorities, erstwhile a month, successful an automated way.

The authorities volition show their schemes and tin enactment successful spot penalties for non-compliance.

The connection volition request to beryllium agreed with EU countries and EU lawmakers earlier it tin go law.

The Commission’s connection is akin to a information sharing statement which Airbnb struck with EU statistic bureau Eurostat 2 years agone allowing nationalist authorities to entree quarterly published information connected the fig of radical utilizing its level and the fig of nights booked.

Reporting by Foo Yun Chee. Editing by Jane Merriman

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