Whither Airbnb?

Whither Airbnb?

A recent Thai court ruling puts the home-sharing service in legal jeopardy, but its advocates call for rules to manage it

Airbnb's current internet listing claims it has more than 61,000 rooms, suites and homes ready for short-term occupancy but it faces a possible blanket ban.
Airbnb's current internet listing claims it has more than 61,000 rooms, suites and homes ready for short-term occupancy but it faces a possible blanket ban.

Daily room rental via mobile phone applications offers more bang for the buck for travellers, especially in pricey and tourist-oriented locations, but hosts are facing a global crackdown by government authorities and hotel operators denouncing such short-term lodging as illegal.

Airbnb's current internet listing claims it has more than 61,000 rooms, suites and homes ready for short-term occupancy but it faces a possible blanket ban.Despite the unlawful status in many countries, San Francisco-based Airbnb has become an increasingly popular choice for travellers looking to book sweet spots for a reasonable price to rest.

But a recent Thai court ruling has increased scrutiny for Airbnb and its hosts.

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