Prague Plans to Fight Airbnb and Mass Tourism

Signing up for in the battle of numerous other metropolitan areas, Prague needs that the EU requires action against the explosive advancement of the platforms like Airbnb. The authorities prepare to struggle Airbnb in an effort and hard work to cease the advancement of mass tourism in the metropolis centre.

The mayor of the Czech funds, Zdenek Hrib, elected by the liberal Czech Pirate Social gathering, explained the predicament: “Airbnb in Prague is a severe trouble. It has an limitless accommodation capacity in the metropolis at a time when the metropolis centre is increasingly worried about mass tourism.” In the metropolis centre by yourself, Airbnb has a complete of eleven,five hundred flats on provide.

Apolena Rychlíková, a filmmaker and journalist who initiated a marketing campaign against the advancement of small-phrase rentals, is disappointed with the metropolis hall for “…ignoring the trouble with Airbnb for 5 many years. As a resident of downtown Prague, I truly feel like a stranger in my very own city”.

Mr. Hrib explained that the purpose now is to “give Prague again to the men and women of Prague” and to cut down the negative outcomes of mass tourism. The mayor provides that the metropolis is now “a distributed hotel, wherever the convenience of other citizens, the residents, are not respected, and profit is sought at their expenditure.” The mayor thinks that the deficiency of regulation is consuming the metropolis up from the within.

“In the earlier, it was probable to restrict the number of visitors in the metropolis by approving a selected number of motels, which could only have a selected capacity,” Mr. Hrib said. “Now, in Prague, it is not probable to restrict the accommodation capacity of visitors. The quantities are utterly critical.”

Prague been given almost 8 million visitors in 2018 whilst the inhabitants is only one.three million. Airbnb accommodation has pretty much tripled in a few many years to around thirteen.000, with around fifty.000 beds. This has induced an increase in noise and disturbance for residents. Property and rental rates skyrocketed and drove neighborhood residents out of the housing sector.

Prague wishes to join the record of destinations that have occur alongside one another to struggle Airbnb and its negative outcomes. Among the metropolitan areas that have documented the trouble to the European Union are Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Paris, and Vienna.