The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
We live in Decorah, IA where Luther College and other local/regional/national attractions bring in people from all over. When the hotels and BnBs fill up, we often get request from visitors desperately seeking a place to stay for their son or daughter's college graduation, or for a wedding, or for a reunion or other event in which having a home environment for their entire group doesn't require being split up in different hotel rooms, and they can all sit around a breakfast/dinner table together to enjoy their stay. We have been able to assist many visitors who wanted specific information about the best trails in town, or restaurants, or attractions based on their group and needs. By having the ability to dialogue with these visitors before their stay, we feel that we have made their experience much better for them to prepare for their stay, and what a local concierge--if our hotels had any--would be capable of, since we live right where they are staying and know the surrounding well. We hope that airbnb and other like organizations will be encouraged in the future for a space that people can connect with people, without corporate agendas dictating a less ideal experience.