The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00646

Submission Number:
00646
Commenter:
Bailey Wharton
State:
Hawaii
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
Regarding the Air BnB experience: I am a host with Air BnB and have been for about 18 months. During this period of time I have hosted over 75 people from all over the world, mostly Europe. Aib BnB is set up as a "sharing" experience in as much as host I am inviting my guests to share my home with them. That is what I love about Air BnB. This "sharing" culture is promoted through the conversation we have with our guests prior to their booking a stay with us. Once they have arrived we continue the conversation and more than often we are invited to come stay with our guests in their country of residence. It is a truly lovely experience. I have spoken with other hosts and they have similar experiences. Our guests treat our rental space as if they were a guest in our home and always leave it clean and as neat and tidy as they found it. I do believe this was the original concept when Air BnB was founded, founded as a web site to share homes. There are thousands of hosts out there that have rooms in their homes, an attached cottage or apartment that go vacant. Being part of the Air BnB community allows us to earn a modest income with this unused property and at the same time meet new people. Our home state and the Federal Government reap the benefits through tax revenues. It is truly a win win situation. s