State ‘must keep its paternalistic mitts off Airbnb’

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State ‘must keep its paternalistic mitts off Airbnb’

Opponents of Tourism Amendment Bill say it will hurt tourism, and the economy can't stand more interference

Bekezela Phakathi

The government is under growing pressure to abandon proposed new regulations for short-term home rentals, including those on popular online platforms such as Airbnb.

Opponents of the controversial Tourism Amendment Bill argue that it will hurt the tourism industry – one of the few sectors identified as having the potential to pull SA out of its economic malaise.

SA has the largest travel and tourism sector in Africa, contributing about R426bn to the local economy in 2018, according to research by the World Travel and Tourism Council. The sector is responsible for 1.5 million jobs, or 9.2% of total employment in SA...

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