WC Tourism to address issues surrounding Airbnb

MEC Alan Winde says the effect a surge in properties listed on Airbnb could have on CT tourism industry should be discussed.

Airbnb logo. Picture: Airbnb official Facebook page.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Tourism MEC Alan Winde says the effect a surge in properties listed on holiday rental portal Airbnb could have on the tourism industry and the City of Cape Town should be discussed at an international conference of mayors and the hospitality industry.

Berlin has banned Airbnb because of the effect it is having on inner-city rental, while the Homestay Network has been blamed for the decrease in the city's population in Paris.

There are already 16,000 listings for Cape Town on Airbnb, the highest in Africa.

But Winde says a different approach should be taken in South Africa.

“There’s one place where there is potential conflict, our formal tourism accommodation. The Airbnb is not regulated. We need to have discussions around this.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)