South Africa to Pioneer Regulation of Airbnb on the Continent?

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.

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