Fairbnb launches its ethical holiday rental platform in the UK
FairBnB says it wants to promote a sustainable, people-over-profit model of tourism that supports local communities.
It said the UK launch is “a pivotal moment”, taking the co-op into “one of the larger, more sustainability-conscious economies” with “a long tradition in widespread and locally rooted hospitality”.
Tourism “can be a powerful source of resources for all the stakeholders in the hosting communities”, it adds, but the growth in the short-term rental market in the UK has seen “many people renting out their homes on global, extractive platforms”, sparking “concerns about its direct and indirect impact on the local communities”.
Fairbnb says it is “focused on creating a community of hosts and guests who care about making a positive impact on the world. This way, we allow travellers who book a stay to direct half of the net platform standard commissions to social projects or charities in the community.
“The platform also encourages hosts to adopt sustainable practices, such as using eco-friendly cleaning products, providing guests with information about local public transportation options and by providing information about local shops and trades.
“By staying with a Fairbnb.coop host, guests can add values to their stays knowing that they are supporting a host who cares about making a positive impact on the world, starting with its own neighbourhood.”
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