The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00135

Submission Number:
00135
Commenter:
Evelyn Mellichamp
State:
Tennessee
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
Being an Airbnb Host enables me to be an ambassador of good will for my city and America.I have had numerous guests in my first year as a host. Each one is treated like family. A German lady, who travels for her volunteer job delivering important stem cells to hospitals, summed up the difference between an Airbnb and a hotel stay in these words : "If I stay at a hotel, no one knows if come back in the evening or not. In an Airbnb, people know me and expect my return. My well being is the priority." As a host in Nashville I pay city taxes as well as hotel taxes. I am retired and the extra income does help, but more important is the opportunity to give a guest a warm welcome at an affordable price.