Here is a sad case that represents the wonders and ugliness of the sharing economy, like Airbnb. An Airbnb host in Amsterdam, Holland dropped two cargo containers on pavements of the city, published them as tourist apartments at Airbnb, and waited for bookings to come in. The first guests who arrived in one of the containers in early May 2019, instantly turned away when they realized a dirty bare-bones cargo container on the street side would be their home away from home for the next night.Read the story “Found! The shittiest Airbnb tourist apartment for a price of a very nice hotel room”
In a landmark case for travel industry, a person in Italy has been sentenced to prison for nine months for writing fake reviews of hotels. The entrepreneur marketed review writing services rather aggressively to Italian hotels. Some hotels alerted TripAdvisor, where the majority of fake reviews were published, already in 2015. The entrepreneur has to pay an 8000 euro fine as well.
I became concerned about the possibility of being cheated after one of my colleagues wrote about her horrible experience in a flat she had rented in Portugal from Airbnb. The flat itself was as advertised, but the ghetto-like neighborhood wasn’t safe for foreigners.