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HOTREC proposes 10 steps towards a sustainable and responsible “sharing economy” in tourism accommodation
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HOTREC proposes 10 steps towards
a sustainable and responsible "sharing economy” in tourism accommodation
Brussels, The Hague – 5 November 2015, Today, the
General Assembly of HOTREC, the umbrella association of hotels, restaurants and
cafes in Europe, agreed on a policy
paper, including the HOTREC Chart towards a sustainable and responsible "sharing”
economy in tourism accommodation. The European hospitality industry considers
that the current regulatory vacuum is providing ground across Europe for risks
in consumer protection and safety, unfair competition, as well as for grey
areas of economic activities.
HOTREC’s policy paper highlights key issues
which need to be addressed by public authorities and society. These issues
include the need of registration and statistical measurement of the activity,
ensuring compliance with safety and security, as well as fiscal obligations,
protecting employees’ rights and the quality of life of neighborhoods.
policy paper adopted today, HOTREC is
proposing 10 steps towards a sustainable and responsible "sharing” economy. It is now up to the authorities to make the "sharing” economy an integrated
model, ensuring consumer safety and security as well as tax income, as does the
hospitality industry, which employs 10 million people, and together with tourism represents the 3rd
socio-economic activity in Europe”
– stressed Christian de Barrin, CEO of HOTREC.
Tourism Organization (UNWTO) welcomes this report by HOTREC as an important
contribution to the discussions around the ‘sharing economy’ in the tourism
sector. The rise of entrepreneurship, the so called ‘sharing economy’ and the
driving role of consumers have taken centre stage. While we welcome innovation
and entrepreneurship, we must also underline the need for the sector to find
progressive solutions to safeguard consumer rights and quality standards while
ensuring a level playing field for all businesses.” – said Taleb Rifai, UNWTO
convinced that "sharing” economy service providers must contribute their part
to the overall economy and to society, ensuring, inter alia, guests’ safety and
security, interests of neighborhoods of tourist apartments, fair competition vis-à-vis
the already regulated accommodation sector, as well as societal interests:
first of all proper compliance with fiscal obligations and employees’ rights”
- emphasised Ramón Estalella, Chair of HOTREC’s dedicated Task Force to the "sharing”
What is HOTREC?
HOTREC represents the hotel, restaurant and café industry at European level. This industry includes around 1,8 million businesses, of which 99% are small and medium sized enterprises (91% of them micro enterprises, i.e. employing fewer than 10 people). These businesses make up some 59% of industry value added. The hospitality industry provides some 10.2 million jobs in the EU alone. Together with the other tourism industries, the sector is one of the largest industries in Europe. HOTREC brings together 42 national associations representing the sector in 28 different European countries.
de Barrin, CEO of HOTREC +32 476 309 960, Christian.firstname.lastname@example.org
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