The Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) welcomes the Tourism amendment Act that is published for comment.
The regulation will provide for an appropriate regulation for the sharing economy (Airbnb) in the accommodation sub-sector.
“We need to level the playing field in South Africa. Airbnb is regulated in many cities across the world and should not be any different in South Africa. We believe in a shared economy and are not trying to eradicate Airbnb. However, we simply want to ensure that there is fair competition,” TBCSA CEO Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa
There has been discussion for several years that also included representatives of Airbnb on the regulatory matter. They (Airbnb) are not against regulations as this helps the host in legalising their business.
The tourism industry has adapted to the advent of technology and fully supports the development of technology in the industry. However, the TBCSA believes that it is vital that all accommodation establishments have the necessary certificates and licenses to function.