October 12, 2015

French hotel industry to ‘go hard’ after Airbnb

Fresh from a recent victory over Booking.com the head of the French hotel industry is now turning his attention to Airbnb and its unfair competition for not being subject to the same rules, regulations and taxes as hotels are.

Earlier this year they finally won the long legal fight to force Booking.com to allow hoteliers in France to charge cheaper internet prices on alternative sites or to those who book in person.

Laurent Duc told The Local this week they will now turn their attention to their grievance with Airbnb, which has thoroughly conquered France to the point where Paris is the world's number one destination for users.

“We haven’t even started with Airbnb yet. We have spent five years fighting Booking.com and Expedia to have parity and after all that we find we have unfair competition with Airbnb," he said.

"We are going to go harder and harder towards the end of the year and try to get the government to include rules and regulations in its next Macron bill,” Duc said.

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