An increasing number of European cities are jumping on the anti-Airbnb train as the home-sharing giant continues to face opposition and criticism.
Locals in cities like Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Krakow, Munich, Paris and Vienna argue the increase in short-term rental properties makes it harder and less affordable for residents to find decent housing options in their home cities. Housing shortages are widespread in these cities as properties are snatched up by residents looking for a second income and are occupied by a rotating door of disruptive visitors.
Ten European cities wrote one joint letter to the European Parliament and European Commission, urging the issue to be on the newly elected officials’ agenda. They are asking for the right to be able to enact their own regulations on short-term rentals, which would vary depending on the city’s needs and individual issues.
These cities are concerned the company does not adhere to the same rules local landlords must follow and, instead, have their own set of guidelines tenants must follow, which do not always comply with local laws.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
The Luxury Collection again teamed with artist Sofía Sanchez de Beta to unveil an exclusive capsule collection, this time with 54 pieces inspired by the Arabian Desert and Emirati culture. The ready-to-wear line includes an array of separates created with Dubai’s climate in mind, such as lightweight blouses and tunics, flowing jumpsuits, long skirts and dresses.
British Airways launched a new in-flight entertainment channel in honor of its year-long centenary celebration. The new channel, christened Celebrate BA100, highlights the best of British in-flight entertainment.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
An industry-first update to the award-winning Four Seasons app allows guests to plan travel more seamlessly. The app, completely overhauled, now includes a new trip planning itinerary feature that allows guests to easily customize their stay.