In 2021, Airbnb and officials in Greece (IAPR) signed a collaboration agreement to make it easier for Hosts to share their homes, follow the rules and protect housing. Today, we renewed this collaboration with the IAPR, re-stating our shared commitment to supporting the growth of sustainable tourism.
The announcement came as the Greek government announced new, progressive rules that distinguish between everyday Hosts who share their homes to boost their income, and business operators on the platform.
Airbnb has consistently championed progressive regulations within the STR industry. We welcome the Greek government’s decision to establish clearer distinctions between casual and professional hosts, and we value our long-standing collaboration with the IAPR.
Airbnb’s role in empowering Greek families
Airbnb has played a pivotal role in providing an economic lifeline for families across Greece. With the rising cost of living, exacerbated by soaring energy prices and mortgage repayments, Airbnb’s platform allows everyday Greek Hosts to bolster their income by welcoming travelers into their homes.
In 2022, approximately 70 percent of Greek Hosts listed just one property on Airbnb1, with many of these properties situated outside major urban centers. This geographic diversity ensures that the benefits of tourism are distributed far and wide, directly benefiting local families and communities.
On average, Greek Hosts earned approximately $4,000 last year2, offering much-needed financial stability in challenging times. Over two third of Hosts say they use the income from Airbnb to afford the rising cost of living as energy prices and mortgage repayments increase3.
“In times of economic challenges, Airbnb has been a valuable source of income for countless Greek families. Our partnership with the IAPR signifies our unwavering commitment to working hand in hand with regulators to ensure that the benefits of home-sharing are enjoyed by all, while also preserving the integrity of housing markets.”
Campaign Lead for Southern Europe at Airbnb, Valentina Reino