Joining in the struggle of several other cities, Prague demands that the EU requires motion against the explosive progress of the platforms like Airbnb. The authorities program to struggle Airbnb in an energy to end the expansion of mass tourism in the town middle.
The mayor of the Czech money, Zdenek Hrib, elected by the liberal Czech Pirate Bash, described the problem: “Airbnb in Prague is a severe difficulty. It has an unrestricted lodging potential in the city at a time when the town heart is significantly concerned about mass tourism.” In the metropolis middle by itself, Airbnb has a total of 11,500 residences on supply.
Apolena Rychlíková, a filmmaker and journalist who initiated a marketing campaign against the development of small-term rentals, is upset with the town hall for “…ignoring the dilemma with Airbnb for five yrs. As a resident of downtown Prague, I come to feel like a stranger in my very own city”.
Mr. Hrib explained that the aim now is to “give Prague back to the people today of Prague” and to minimize the adverse outcomes of mass tourism. The mayor adds that the town is now “a distributed hotel, in which the comfort of other citizens, the residents, are not respected, and income is sought at their expense.” The mayor believes that the absence of regulation is having the town up from the inside of.
“In the past, it was probable to limit the range of vacationers in the city by approving a specified quantity of inns, which could only have a certain capability,” Mr. Hrib said. “Now, in Prague, it is not possible to limit the lodging capability of visitors. The quantities are totally crucial.”
Prague been given just about 8 million vacationers in 2018 although the inhabitants is only 1.3 million. Airbnb accommodation has virtually tripled in a few decades to more than 13.000, with more than 50.000 beds. This has caused an enhance in noise and disturbance for residents. Property and rental prices skyrocketed and drove area inhabitants out of the housing current market.
Prague needs to be part of the record of locations that have come together to fight Airbnb and its negative effects. Among the cities that have described the issue to the European Union are Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Paris, and Vienna.