Airbnb addresses privacy concerns over 23andMe heritage tours partnership

2019-05-31 21:54

Airbnb and 23andMe has announced a partnership promoting "heritage" vacations with which users can map out a trip to a place where they have genetic roots. Fears over the security of such personal information is making it necessary for the home-share

Airbnb meets with tourism minister on proposed regulation

2019-05-18 09:15

Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom met with Airbnb representatives to discuss the regulation of short-term home rentals by the Tourism Amendment Bill.

Airbnb supports 'clear and progressive rules' for SA home sharing industry

2019-04-16 16:24

Commenting on SA's proposed Tourism Amendment Bill, Airbnb tells Fin24 it supports "clear and progressive rules for the sustainable growth of home sharing".

Ways to protect your Airbnb this Easter season

2019-03-29 19:46

Many South Africans have become Airbnb hosts, either as a main income source or savvy side hustle.

Got Airbnb? You might want to check your insurance

2018-12-22 08:59

'Tis the season for tourism to be jolly - but Airbnb hosts should check they are not over- or under-insured, says Christiaan Steyn.

Airbnb to remove listings in West Bank settlements

2018-11-20 08:08

Airbnb says it will remove from its rental listings settlement homes in the occupied West Bank, prompting Israel to threaten legal action against the US company.

There are now 40% more Airbnb hosts over the age of 60 in SA than a year ago

2018-10-27 07:10

Senior South Africans hosts are “much loved”, receiving better reviews than any other age group.

Africa must look beyond beaches and whites to boost tourism - Kenyan minister

2018-09-12 19:28

For too long the tourism industry in Africa thought everybody must be white and come from overseas to be a tourist, according to Minister Najib Balala, cabinet secretary for tourism in Kenya.

Airbnb sues New York City to block user-data bill

2018-08-24 15:46

Airbnb is suing New York City over a recently passed law that allows the collection of Airbnb hosts’ data, claiming the ordinance violates users’ constitutional rights.

Airbnb faces ultimatum to comply with EU's consumer rules

2018-07-16 20:20

Airbnb has been warned by the European Union to expect a regulatory clampdown unless its terms and conditions and the way it presents holiday-home prices comply with EU standards.


Want to be a disruptor? Forget technology, focus on the customer - exec

2019-05-19 17:57

The key challenge for businesses today is not to master new technologies, but to solve the 'wicked problems' they and their customers may face in an increasingly complex environment.

Western Cape govt slams bill that could regulate Airbnb

2019-05-03 15:51

Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities Beverley Schäfer is strongly opposed to the regulation of short-term home rental platforms like Airbnb.

Should the likes of Airbnb be regulated in SA? A new bill says yes

2019-04-16 12:52

The public has 60 days to submit comments on the Tourism Amendment Bill, which will regulate short-term accommodation in the so-called shared economy.

Airbnb loses major fight over California City's rental law

2019-03-14 11:25

Airbnb and Expedia’s HomeAway have failed to persuade a US court of appeals to strike down a Santa Monica law that makes the companies liable for illicit rentals in the Southern California beach city.

Airbnb to remove Israeli settlement listings

2018-11-20 10:26

Airbnb says it will stop renting out homes in Jewish settlements of the West Bank, a move that drew sharp rebukes from Israeli officials.

Airbnb ends forced arbitration for discrimination and harassment

2018-11-13 13:41

Airbnb, following Google, Facebook and Uber, says it would not force employees who filed sexual harassment claims to settle those cases in private arbitration.

Leave emotions aside, use land reform for tourism benefit - Thebe Tourism CEO

2018-09-13 06:15

Take emotions out of the land debate and rather look at how fallow land can be turned into tourist destinations to benefit surrounding communities, says Jerry Mabena, CEO of Thebe Tourism.

Airbnb, short-term rentals must be monitored - expert

2018-09-05 05:45

As the success of platforms like Airbnb take Cape Town by storm, a hospitality expert cautions the tourism sector, authorities and the public about pitfalls.

Airbnb pulls Great Wall overnight stay after uproar

2018-08-08 22:08

Home rental website Airbnb has scrapped a contest offering a chance to spend the night at a section of the Great Wall of China after an online backlash from people worried it could damage the site.

Airbnb culls Japan listings ahead of new rental law

2018-06-06 10:53

Rental platform Airbnb has suspended a large majority of its listings in Japan ahead of a new law that goes into effect next week regulating short-term rentals in the country.

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