Airbnb SA calls for short-term online rental register

Airbnb SA is urging South African policy-makers to set out their support for nationwide regulation of short-term rentals, noting that progressive rules will help rebuild a sustainable future for tourism in a post-pandemic SA.

The hospitality booking site’s regional lead for Middle East and Africa, Velma Corcoran, is calling for a short-term rental registration system in SA,and a clear, legal and industry-wide definition of short-term rentals, as part of the home-sharing firm’s five-point proposal to revive tourism in the wake of the pandemic.

The online national registration system, she notes, would provide government with valuable data to enforce proportionate regulation, offering transparency to communities, and empowering local tourism entrepreneurs to grow their businesses.

Airbnb says it has signed more than 1 000 regulatory and tax agreements globally, many of which are built around a simple registration system, as an effective way to regulate short-term rentals….

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