CRACK­DOWN ON AIRBNB

Central Otago Mirror - - CONVERSATIONS - Kip T cspace pas­cal

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

JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN/STUFF

Amelia Smith, 11, is hom­schooled by dad James and was de­nied en­try to the Cen­tral Otago pri­mary schools ath­let­ics com­pe­ti­tion.

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