Global ReformBnB Forum strongly rejects the deal between the IOC and Airbnb

27.11.2019 | Press release by the Global ReformBnB Forum
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Regarding the announcement of the sponsorship agreement between the IOC and Airbnb for the Olympic Games 2020-2028

Global ReformBnB Forum strongly rejects the deal between the IOC and Airbnb

The hospitality sector asks a clear question to the IOC executives: "Do you believe that Airbnb respects Olympic values and rules and therefore qualifies to be a main IOC sponsor?”

Hospitality associations from around the world have jointly rejected the sponsorship agreement that the International Olympics Committee (IOC) announced with Airbnb. These associations focus on reminding all stakeholders of the systematic breach of local rules by Airbnb and the serious negative social effect caused to citizenry around the world as well as to the quality of these destinations and the hospitality sector in cities worldwide.

The continued refusal on the part of Airbnb to take responsibility for its actions and to demonstrate any improvement in its business conduct despite repeated demands made by local administrations around the world is unacceptable to all stakeholders.

In this sense, considering that the values of the International Olympic Committee are excellence, friendship and respect, the hotel sector makes a clear and a direct question to IOC executives: "Do you believe that Airbnb respects Olympic values and rules and therefore qualifies to be a main IOC sponsor?”

The hospitality sector collectively demands the immediate rescission of this agreement with Airbnb while promoting fair rules for all the players on the touristic accommodation sector.

The Global ReformBnB Forum is a voluntary collaboration of hotel associations from cities, regions and national and/or supranational levels that works globally in a joint and coordinated way to create synergies and to find sustainable solutions to the matter of the supply and intermediation of the touristic short-term rentals.

The national hotel associations members of the Global ReformBnb Forum supporting this letter are:

  • GNI & AhTop, France
  • FEHGRA & AHTRA, Argentinia
  • HANYC, New York, USA,
  • Barcelona Hotels Association, Spain
  • Hotelverband Deutschland (IHA), Germany
  • Federalberghi, Italy
  • Association Hôtellerie Québec, Canada
  • Hellenic Chamber of Hotels, Greece
  • AIHPY, Paraguay
  • Situr Valle del Cauca, COTELCO, Columbia
  • All Japan Ryokan Association (AJRA), Japan
  • ABIH-Goias, Brasil
  • Fedetur, Chile
  • AHRU, Mexico
  • Fenacaptur, Ecuador
  • Israel Hotels Association, Israel
  • AHRU, Uruguay
  • COTELCO, Columbia
  • Asociación de Hoteles, Restaurantes, Confiterías y Cafés (AHRCC), AHT, Argentina


Press contact: GNI - Groupement National des Indépendants, France

Franck Trouet,, +33 6 73 86 66 65

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