What is the Global ReformBnB Forum?
Since the hospitality industry is facing a global problem, one which crosses national and city boundaries, the existence of a global forum was required. Working under the umbrella of a brand will help us achieve the goals that it would be very difficult for the hotel associations of the world to achieve individually. The existence of a brand will give a better visibility and legitimacy at the time of completing tasks and taking actions before third parties.
The idea was to create a forum of volunteer collaboration of hotel associations of cities, regions and national and/or supranational levels that works globally in a joint and coordinated way to create synergies and find solutions to the matter of the supply and intermediation of the touristic short-term rentals.
ReformBnB Summits are a biannual meeting of hotel associations and carefully selected allies to discuss how to deal with the short-term rental (STR) industry. The focus is on developing joint projects and exchanging strategic insights, all with the goal of promoting fair rules.
Last November we held ReformBnB NYC, the first international summit of hotel associations grappling with the challenge of the short-term rental industry. The main goal of the summit was to discuss on how to face all together the damages caused by the STR industry. During this summit, the hotel associations sign a manifesto of 8 points: with a clear constructive will, with a clear proposal to fit in a sustainable way the ‘real’ shared economy and to banish the professional operators who hide their illegal activity. All participating entities acknowledged the importance of the meeting and the need to continue working together to completely eradicate illegal STR, with the organization of periodic rotating meetings in different cities around the world.
In April we held ReformBnB Barcelona, a second meeting where more than 30 hotel associations from all over the world took part. Since we are facing a global issue and not a case of individual cities, it is a priority joining efforts to demand that the local authorities settled measures to face the negatives effects of the STR. That is the reason why in Barcelona, the different workshops held during the summit culminated with the creation of a proposal of global guidelines to be assumed by the different authorities from all the cities around the world.
It was in November 2019 when in Buenos Aires, we hosted the 3rd summit where all associations agreed, to launch the Global ReformBnB Forum which will seek to promote effective rules and controls for the short-term rental industry between ReformBnB summits.
A year after, in November 2020, we hosted the 4th event of the Global Reformbnb Forum. This time, due to the COVID-19 global situation, it was hosted online by the city of Paris, where we could learn how the STR has been affected by the pandemic with the participation of exceptional and relevant speakers such as Murray Cox and Manolis Psarros.
In 2021, we will keep working on promoting fair rules in a next event hosted in Paris.