The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
Airbnb guests and hosts are typically people who want to connect in a meaningful fashion with other people. To start a conversation. To tell their story. To learn something new. To make new lasting relationships. To get to know a place from the inside out. The money they give a host and the money they spend while visiting is huge on a daily basis. These are people who can't afford usually to stay in typical accomodations in Charleston where the average hotel room is $300 per night. The average airbnb room is under $100. These folks pump up our economy in a huge way. They spend plenty per day on rental cars, dining out, grocery stores, gas, entertainment, taxis, airfares, Amtrak fares, dog care, shopping, tours, etc. etc. We should be jumping for joy and rolling out the red carpet for folks willing to have other folks in their homes and in our fair city! As a fifth generation Charlestonian and real estate agent, like so many other people, the recession killed me. Airbnb allowed me to make it through without losing my home, not to mention the ability to keep up my health insurance and to care for my disabled son. Airbnb rents accomodations around the world, on average 350,000 per night. They are embraced around the world. And for a lot of us, its renewed our faith in mankind. The folks who use these websites are thoroughly checked out and good folks. Lets talk about what is good in life! And help each other to care about each other on a deeper level. Peace.