Airbnb is offering vouchers to encourage shorter stays i…

Airbnb is offering £100 vouchers to anyone in the UK entering the short-term rental business for the first time during the Platinum Jubilee period in June.

It says the incentive is to encourage people to “make the most of the increased demand for holiday accommodation” and will apply to first short lets in London, Brighton, Oxford, Manchester, Liverpool, Bournemouth, Leeds, Bath, Birmingham, Bristol, Southampton and Cambridge.

Last year, Airbnb offered a so-called “welcome bonus” similar to new short breaks in Glasgow around the time of the COP26 climate change conference.

“New hosts can list a room or an entire home on Airbnb,” a statement from the platform reads.

“Airbnb offers a unique opportunity for communities to benefit from the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee as celebrations unfold across the UK and families visit loved ones during the extra public holidays. Home sharing helps cities to use existing space to increase capacity and accommodate visitors during peak demand and enables residents to provide sustainable and affordable accommodation, benefiting the local economy,” says Amanda, Cupples, Managing Director of Airbnb in Northern Europe.

The platform claims that on average half of all new listings get a booking within five days of activation.

The new offer makes no reference to whether Airbnb verifies that applicants are former long-term owners transitioning to short-term rentals.

In a separate document titled Airbnb’s “Commitment to Healthy Tourism,” the platform says it would remove landlords from its platform if it knew renters had been unlawfully evicted — but that makes no reference to deterring long-term owners from switching to short-term rentals in any country. other circumstance.

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