The introduction of the Tourism Amendment Bill has created unease among people making their living from providing short-term lodging on web-based platforms such as Airbnb. The bill will enable the minister of tourism to determine certain so-called "thresholds" for short-term home rentals, like limits on guest numbers and the amount of nights they may stay at an establishment. This comes after calls to regulate and tax the short-term rental service in countries including Kenya, Tanzania, and Namibia.
Devil's in the Detail As Government Toys With Regulating AirBnB
Daily Maverick, 24 April 2019
Echoing calls to regulate ride-share platform Uber in South Africa, which has disrupted the taxi industry worldwide, has spilt over into the local tourism industry players, which… Read more »
Should the Likes of AirBnB Be Regulated in SA? a New Bill Says Yes
News24Wire, 16 April 2019
The public has 60 days from Monday April 15 to submit comments on the Tourism Amendment Bill, which will regulate short-term accommodation in the so-called shared economy, Blessing… Read more »
AirBnB - Kenyans Turn Homes Into Hotels, Reap Sh500 Million
Nation, 23 March 2019
Over the past year, Ms Naserian Sitelu has had business travellers from Nairobi, a group of Nigerians, tourists from China and across Europe lodge in her house. Read more »
Airbnb Sees No 'Uber-Like' Problems in SA
News24Wire, 28 July 2015
Internet accommodation sharing service Airbnb has played down fears that regulation could impact its business in South Africa similar to that experienced by Uber. Read more »
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