HOTREC raises strong concerns about the shadow tourist accommodation market and calls for a level playing field
On the occasion of its 69th General Assembly, the members of HOTREC, the trade association of the European hospitality industry, debated about the drawbacks of the shadow hospitality economy and adopted a position paper calling for a level playing field on the tourist accommodation market.
HOTREC has been monitoring with concern the rapid market development of online platforms providing private accommodation to tourists as well as the growing number of listed properties; both of which often developing in an uncontrolled way. Such developments pose questions in relation to matters relevant to the whole society in Europe. Cities are reporting problems of housing, as many properties are withdrawn from the market to the benefit of renting them out short term. Residential areas are often disturbed, which already lead to demonstrations against tourists in neighbourhoods....