The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #01302

Submission Number:
01302
Commenter:
Tina Johnson
State:
Texas
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
My daughter opened the world of airbnb and hosting guests in our home. [REDACTED] Our daughter asked me to take a photo of her room and put it up on airbnb. Shortly after we had a request. Our first guest was gracious, polite, interesting and truly a person to get to know better. Our experience now a year later is that most of our guests are people we would like to know better! Airbnb has been promptly responsive to answer our questions, help guests with questions and make paying our local taxes easy with their income tables. I look forward to each weekend hosting guests. We have just a few more months until we can pay off the debt incurred from hospital expenses and a fall from the roof. We would like to add a separate space in our backyard to have airbnb guests visit our small town that is growing quickly. The economic difference is making our community better by funding the country schools and local interests with the hotel tax we pay. Our guests eat and shop in town and visit state parks. The growing winery business has brought many tourists to our home and we offer more than a hotel. The ability to take in a stranger and see the community from the side of a native has been an opportunity since the beginning of community settlements. Airbnb offers screening so we know the person visiting is accountable. We also have the opportunity to write a review of this guest as well as receive a written review of their visits. If only restaurants had such accountability to the patron and the patron to the restaurant, we would have a much more civilized society. Thank you for the opportunity to grow as a small business person and make new friends around the world. Tina Johnson