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Airbnb phenomenon with an emphasis on the Visegrad countries - trends and implications

Authors

NOVOTNÁ Markéta KUNC Josef

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MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Economics and Administration

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Description The Airbnb platform is not only a widely sought option for affordable accommodation but also a highly controversial phenomenon. This phenomenon is discussed in the context of the sustainable development of the destination. In addition to the economic problems, associated with tax evasion, speculation affecting the housing markets, or the impact on the competitiveness of traditional accommodation operators, the socio-cultural issues also seem to be crucial. This submission aims to analyse the development of the Airbnb platform and to evaluate its importance for tourism in the metropolises of the Visegrad countries. For a comprehensive assessment of the phenomenon, the results regarding the use of Airbnb services by non-residents are complemented by the spatial behaviour of V4 residents using Airbnb services when travelling. Data related to the Airbnb units are obtained from analyses of the Airbnb operator's official website and other primary and secondary sources. For the evaluation of spatial behaviour of residents, descriptive analysis were used as well as evaluation of partial results of zhe extensive research (questionnaire survey). The results are interpreted in the context of urban processes, including urban planning, and impacts on the sustainability of destinations under the pressure of current trends in tourism. One of the findings is higher popularity of the Airbnb platform by young people in Prague compared to other metropolises of the V4 countries. Moreover, it also points out that the Airbnb capacity is one of the relevant indicators causing a high risk of overtourism.
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