World premiere: Airbnb, Abritel/HomeAway, Le Bon Coin, TripAdvisor commit to sustainable tourism together with the French Government

Today, Julien Denormandie, Secretary of State for Territorial Cohesion, Airbnb and other members of the National Home Holidays Association (UNPLV) gathered to release a series of voluntary commitments to promote responsible and sustainable tourism in major cities in France.

These voluntary commitments, built in collaboration with the Government, provide targeted solutions to effectively combat bad actors while preserving the benefits that short-term rentals provide for tourism and the purchasing power of the French population. The agreed solutions include:

  • Categorization: by the end of 2018, Airbnb and all signatory platforms will ask their hosts to specify whether they rent a primary residence, a second home or a professional type of accommodation (hotels, guest rooms, B&B etc.).
  • Automatic capping: from 1 January 2019, in Paris and in large cities facing a housing shortage, National Home Holidays Association members will undertake to set up, after consultation with the cities, an automatic tool to ensure that primary residences cannot be booked for more than 120 days per year.
  • Information: Airbnb and the other members of the National Home Holidays Association propose to share statistical data with cities about home sharing and the development of tourism in their territory.

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We are delighted that these tourism players in France are today committing to the responsible growth of home sharing. We encourage all the stakeholders of the ecosystem who are not currently members of the National Home Holidays Association to adopt a similar code of conduct. 

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