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HOTREC proposes 5 key
pillars for the collaborative economy in accommodation
hotels applaud the European Commission´s initiative to develop sectorial
Brussels, 14 February 2017 – HOTREC, the
European trade association of hotels, restaurants and cafes, welcomes the
European Commission’s initiative to elaborate sectorial guidelines in the
‘collaborative’ economy. As a contribution to the Commission’s initiative, the
hospitality sector unveils today 5
key pillars for a responsible and fair ‘collaborative’ economy. Indeed, the
often uncontrolled provision of tourist accommodation is more and more shaping
the tourism offer.
to the relevant European professional association, collaborative platforms
offer 20 million beds for tourists in Europe (7.3 only being registered in
Eurostat), which needs to be compared to 13 million beds in hotels and similar
establishments. Thus it should be a natural development to put clarifications
to the duties and responsibilities of the various stakeholders involved, which
this European Commission exercise aims to facilitate.
current Commission initiative should aim at leveling the playing field with
licensed operators which comply with extensive regulations, and at setting
simple rules to operate the market and differentiate private from professional
activities. Therefore, consumer rights are better protected, fiscal revenues
are paid, black economy declines and all businesses benefit from a healthy
competition. In its 5 key pillars for a fair and responsible collaborative
economy the European Hospitality industry demands to:
Recognise the activity officially,
Pay taxes due,
Ensure health and safety, and that
All players, like suppliers or platforms, act
"HOTREC believes that to make the most of the
"collaborative economy”, suppliers as well as the facilitators of the supply,
namely the platforms, shall assume their duties and responsibilities in order
to allow for a sustainable, fair and responsible overall economy” said
Christian de Barrin, CEO of HOTREC. "Regulated
hospitality enterprises are doing it already, providing jobs for 10 million
people and contributing to state treasuries with around 126 billion EURs a year”
added Mr. de Barrin.
"The vast majority of regulated hospitality
businesses are family or micro-enterprises, operating often in a seasonal
manner, thus making their activities comparable to regular collaborative types
of activities. Thus it is not that unfair to call for clarity on the market so
that similar activities can compete on a similar level” added Mr. Ramon
Estalella, Chair of HOTREC’s ‘Collaborative’ Economy Task Force.
will continue contributing to the ongoing European discussions on the matter
and believes that the collaborative economy can only be successful on the long
term, if the interests of relevant stakeholders are well taken into account.
|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 43 national associations representing the sector in 30 different European countries.