Airbnb has welcomed the new rules for home sharing which were recently announced by the City of Cape Town.
The new amendments state that a house or flat can be let for 30 consecutive days. This allows for short term stays by guests to be extended, which has increased due to the presence of online letting platforms like Airbnb.
According to the Airbnb Country Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa Velma Corcoran, Airbnb believes the proposed rules are right for Cape Town and show the city’s progressive attitude. She said positive results can be achieved when policymakers and Airbnb work together on the shared goals of making cities better places to live, work and visit.
Alderman James Vos, Cape Town Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Opportunities says these amendments give Cape Town the opportunity to take a new immersive approach to cultural tourism.
Airbnb will be introducing new security solutions to provide increased protection. These solutions are: 100% Verified, Guest Guarantee, Airbnb Neighbour Hotline and High Risk human review.
Each Airbnb listing will be subjected to these verifications. This is set to improve the quality standards and accuracy on the platform. Listings will be measured by their photos, location details, amenities, safety and cleanliness.
Those who meet the requirements will be labelled as such by 15 December 2020. If a listing fails to meet the new standards by then, Airbnb will be re-booking guests to another suitable host, or provide them with a full refund.
The Guest Guarantee will protect visitors, should they arrive at a listing that does not meet its online description.
The Airbnb Neighbour Hotline will provide guests with a direct contact to a rapid response team, available 24/7. This is a feature which has been requested by users.
Airbnb and TripAdvisor will no longer feature wildlife interactions that are not inline with ethical Marianaconservation efforts.
In a new section of Airbnb experiences titled ‘Animal Experiences,’ there will be strict ethical standards in line with World Animal Protection.
The success of Airbnb continues to grow in South Africa, and is set to improve with the City of Cape Town’s home sharing bylaw amendments.
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