CRACKDOWN ON AIRBNB
Airbnb used to be a way for people to pay for their own holiday while they were away. Now in Queenstown, people are building houses to Airbnb, properties are listed with average weekly income from Airbnb and houses (like the one I’m about to leave) are being turned from long term rental because they can make more money on Airbnb. So yeah, there’s a problem.
I never stay in hotels these days unless I absolutely have to, haven’t for several years and I travel all over the planet. Airbnb for a regular traveller has been the best thing out for decades so as far as I’m concerned until the stale old hospitality industry comes out with something to match, that’s where my business continues to go. This kind of nonsense simply won’t work, they will find ways around it because it’s what the people want.
Why aren’t the large hotels taking more responsibility for this and installing staff accommodation as part of their build or renovations? Why are they making it someone else’s
Amelia Smith, 11, is homschooled by dad James and was denied entry to the Central Otago primary schools athletics competition.