The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00712

Submission Number:
00712
Commenter:
Justin Marks
State:
California
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
Airbnb room sharing has removed the heavy burden of paying my high rent of my two bedroom apartment in San Diego. It has helped me offset my rent by half! This service is a godsend. I am a very new host, and just in my four hostings, I have met some very cool young travelers from around the world: Pakistan, Germany, Korea, and other parts of the US. I have found that room sharing helps create a NEW MARKET of tourism, allowing younger, less wealthy people to travel the world on a budget, and contribute to local economies everywhere. These younger travelers have, in every case I've seen thus far, appreciated supporting small local businesses, going shopping at local stores and eating at the mom n pop restaurants here. Room sharing, just like ride sharing, is the future of connecting the world and increasing mobility of people while decreasing the costs of travel. It is vital that we protect the rights of all sharing businesses!! It has never before been so easy to plug into a business and almost immediately have 2 or 3 additional sources of revenue, WHILE CONNECTING PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT CULTURES WORLDWIDE, thus increasing our tolerance and acceptance of all people. I could go on and on, thank you so much for reading and considering my thoughts here. Cheers!