Hote­liers want AirBnb crack­down

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - News -

THE head of the body that rep­re­sents hote­liers in Bris­tol has said that AirBnB is hav­ing a dev­as­tat­ing im­pact on smaller ho­tels in the city.

Bris­tol Hote­liers As­so­ci­a­tion chief Im­ran Ali vis­ited City Hall this week to present a four-point plan aimed at bring­ing the city’s bur­geon­ing AirBnB and short­term let op­er­a­tions closer in line with the strin­gently reg­u­lated hospi­tal­ity sec­tor.

The Bris­tol Hote­liers As­so­ci­a­tion, which rep­re­sents 34 ho­tels in the city, has lob­bied for ac­tion against short-term let­ting sites such as AirBnB, which con­firmed 144,000 guest ar­rivals in Bris­tol last year alone.

BHA chair­man Im­ran Ali told the head of the mayor’s of­fice that the short-term let­ting trend was hav­ing a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on Bris­tol’s smaller ho­tels and B&Bs, and that some smaller in­de­pen­dent op­er­a­tors had been forced to sell-up be­cause of loss of trade.

He said: “Le­git­i­mate busi­nesses pay busi­ness rates and VAT; short­term let­ting hosts do not.”

Mr Ali pre­sented and dis­cussed a four-point plan with Mayor Marvin Rees’s team in­clud­ing:

An op­tional, ward-based ex­clu­sion zone in which short-term let­ting op­er­a­tors are re­quired to hold a licence, lim­ited to 170 days;

In­tro­duc­tion of a Host’s City Levy for all reg­is­tered hosts based on the model drawn up in Bris­tol’s twin city of Porto and also in Lis­bon;

En­sure all AirBnB and short­term let­ting op­er­a­tors are health and safety com­pli­ant;

Manda­tory list­ing of all short­term let­ting sites such as AirBnB.

El­iz­a­beth Cook­sey

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