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"Sharing" economy

The so called "Sharing" economy is more and more shaping our lives and the economy as well. Peer to peer offers are to be found inter alia also in the market segment of tourism, including offering tourist accommodation and catering. 

This rising phenomenon of the economical operation of service providers in the "sharing" economy is, however, often left without regulation, thus leaving uncertainty on available guarantees for guests, if something goes wrong and also for employees of such peer to peer service providers. These guarantees are known and taken for granted in the over 1,8 million hospitality enterprises in Europe, most of them being family run or micro enterprises, and their over 10 million employees. 

In order to make such guarantees a matter of course in the "sharing" economy as well, and to share similar responsibilities towards the whole society as the regulated economy does (fulfillment of fiscal obligations, respecting neighborhoods, contributing to safety and security) a level playing field needs to be in place

This would ensure that guests can feel safe and secure everywhere they spend their holidays and the avoidance of parallel markets with different market rules. Online platforms facilitating such trade shall exercise their responsibilities and duty of care as well. 

Main HOTREC documents:


  • 5 Pillars to Foster a Responsible and Fair "Collaborative" Economy  14 February 2017

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  • Joint EFFAT-HOTREC Statement on the “Sharing Economy”  4 December 2015

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  • Levelling the Playing Field - HOTREC Policy Paper on the "Sharing" Economy  5 November 2015

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  • HOTREC Chart 10 steps towards a sustainable and responsible “sharing economy” in tourism accommodation  5 November 2015

    Details in the policy paper

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