The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
Airbnb is a great company. It's great for the community and the economy. Travelers bring in extra tourism money to the city/state/country. I understand there were and are hotels that bring in tourists too but the price range is more significant than many airbnb listings so without airbnb we would lose a lot of those travelers. Also, many guests want to stay in neighborhoods within a city, not just in the downtown. Those areas don't always have hotels. As important as Airbnb is to the guests, it's just as important or even more so to the hosts. My husband and I both have full time jobs that we work 60+ hours a week at. We don't have time to get additional jobs. Airbnb helps us show off what we're proud of, our home, and make ends meet. Our mortgage and car payments are much more manageable, even doable. We can now even afford to support a child and are hopeful to have one soon. Most important to me is the feeling of community Airbnb provides. We've met people from all over the world and learned about live where they come from. We've heard stories and gotten peaks into ways of living that we may never had the ability to learn of otherwise. Anything we can do to make the world "smaller", make the people closer to each other, is monumental in its impact. It helps people grow, become wiser, and learn to hate just a little bit less. The world becomes safer when we see people everywhere are just like us, but with different stories.