European Commission makes agreement for getting information on short-stay tourism around Europe

 Saturday, March 7, 2020 


The European Commission has made an agreement with Airbnb,, Expedia Group and TripAdvisor under which the companies will provide information on short-stay tourism around Europe to the EU statistics office Eurostat.


The agreement will provide the EU with access for the first time to dependable information on holiday and other types of accommodation offered by what is known as “collaborative economy platforms” or the sharing economy. Thus, it will allow the gathering of statistics on tourist accommodation.


Thierry Breton, the commissioner for the internal market said, “Tourism is a key economic activity in Europe. Short-term accommodation rentals offer convenient solutions for tourists and new sources of revenue for people. At the same time, there are concerns about the impact on local communities.”


A Eurostat survey showed that 21% of EU citizens used a website or an app for arranging accommodation from another person and 8% have done the same for transport services.
However, the rapid development of the sharing economy has led to challenges, mainly in popular tourist destinations. As a result, cities and other communities are looking for striking a balance between promoting tourism, with the economic benefits it brings, and maintaining the integrity of local communities.


Popular tourist destinations like Barcelona, however, have started to take measures restraining the tide of tourists, who are blamed for increasing property prices and rents, making it impossible for native residents to find a place to stay.


“The Commission will continue to support the great opportunities of the collaborative economy, while helping local communities address the challenges posed by these rapid changes,” Commissioner Breton said.


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