ReformBnB is 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.
Next November, we will keep working on promoting fair rules at ReformBnB Buenos Aires.