Tourism is on the up:
Futures Forum: Devolution, tourism and misplaced priorities in East Devon
And according to the Express today, much of it is thanks to Airbnb:
Airbnb: MASSIVE tourism boost for UK as Brits opt for staycations | Travel News | Travel | Daily Express
The question is whether any of this constitutes 'responsible tourism':
Futures Forum: World Tourism Day >>> too many tourists?
Futures Forum: Climate Week in Sidmouth: TOURFISH: Making Coastal Communities Resilient >>> Wednesday 9th March >>> "Responsible Tourism and Blue Economic Growth"
Or even the notion of 'sustainable tourism' - which is a bit out of date and perhaps rather misused:
Futures Forum: Sustainable Tourism
Many would consider the business model offered by Airbnb constitutes neither a responsible nor a sustainable notion for the tourist industry and the wider community in which it operates:
Futures Forum: Airbnb: tourists, local residents and the sharing economy
Futures Forum: The sharing economy: the good, the bad, and the real
Futures Forum: The sharing economy >>> "What's yours is mine"
The press has been full of stories of late - and all over the place:
Airbnb and short-term rental sites are transforming London's property market | London Evening Standard
When Airbnb rentals turn into nuisance neighbours | Technology | The Guardian
Anti-Airbnb rally ahead of City Council’s short-term rental regulations vote | WGNO
Here’s proof Airbnb is destroying the New Orleans housing market | 2016-09-26 | HousingWire
Airbnb faces fresh crackdown in Barcelona as city council asks residents to report illegal rentals | TechCrunch
And last week saw Channel Four look into the phenomenon:
Most of room bookings site Airbnb's millions of users have positive experiences, but this documentary reveals what can go wrong for owners and renters, and how it can change neighbourhoods
Airbnb: Dream or Nightmare? - All 4
Airbnb, Dream or Nightmare: Channel 4 documentary goes into the dark side of the travel site | London Evening Standard
Airbnb is more Nightmare than Dream - according to Channel 4 doc - The i newspaper online iNews
Airbnb, Dream or Nightmare: Channel 4 show highlights some horror experiences using the travel site - Independent.ie
It's been happening for some time now:
The Battle of Barcelona: Pissed Off Residents Vs Drunk, Naked Tourists | VICE | United Kingdom
On the other hand...
Airbnb: disruptive innovation and the rise of aninformal tourism accommodation sector
Can Social Networks Contribute to Responsible Tourism?