So the South African tourism ministry wants to regulate AirBnB to the extent that it decides on:
- how many nights I am permitted to host;
- how much I can charge
- where an AirBnB may be situated
The proposals by government are bizarre. It takes away the choice of where the guest wants to stay; “Sorry, excellent guest house has reached its threshold; you now have a choice of dump 1 or 2 down the road”.
Effectively, it would be a waste of time making my AirBnB an attractive, affordable option than the one next door and the concept of being a “superhost” would have no value.
Are hotels and their ilk going to be subjected to the same rules? I bet not. “Sorry, Sheraton has reached its quota. You must now stay at Freedom Revolutionary Hotel in Controlville”.
This is nothing more than a collusion between government and a failing hotel industry business model that is charging exhorbitant prices, and ‘animal farm’.
I see in the media that Airbnb are “in discussions” with government. I just hope that Airbnb puts its hosts’ interests first.