Airbnb is hoping that President Cyril Ramaphosa will include the home-sharing service in level 3 regulations. Ramaphosa revealed on June 17 that sit-in restaurants, accredited hotels, cinemas, theatres, casinos, personal care services and non-contact sports including cricket, golf and tennis, will be opened. He said the return of hotels will not include Airbnb services.
Velma Corcoran, Airbnb’s Country Manager for Sub Saharan Africa, detailed the impact of not excluding Airbnb as an accommodation operator during level 3 lockdown.
She said the decision to exclude local hosts on Airbnb will have “far-reaching consequences”.
She said before the pandemic emerged, growth in travel and tourism had outpaced growth in the global economy for nine years straight.
In 2019, the industry made up more than 10 percent of global GDP and created one in every four new jobs.
“President Ramaphosa’s statement last week that travel will reopen shortly would, therefore, have been welcome news to many hoteliers and travel businesses across South Africa.
“For the many everyday South Africans who host on Airbnb, who was singled out as being excluded from this announcement, have viewed the statement as a missed opportunity that leaves them confused and left behind,” she revealed.
Corcoran said that at other destinations, Airbnb was “at the front of the queue” of accommodation facilities for travellers due to its “lower risk”.