The city of Amsterdam is banning Airbnb rentals in three areas that are part of its historic old center. It is banning Airbnb in Burgwallen-Oude Zijde, Burgwallen-Nieuwe Zijde, and Grachtengordel-Zuid.
So, in Amsterdam, you will not find a suitable Airbnb for your stay close to the city center.
Limitations For Airbnb Host’s
On June 25, the city announced in a statement saying that this change will be followed from July 1. However, for Airbnb properties in other areas host must have a permit in order to rent out their homes for tourists.
But the Airbnb hosts can rent their properties for only a maximum of 30 days per year. Moreover, there should be groups of four people only. More than four are not allowed to book Airbnb in Amsterdam.
Amsterdam Tourism Industry
For the past few years, Amsterdam has seen a boom in tourism before the coronavirus pandemic started. The sudden surge in tourism in the country has made residents and city officials push back. The city is seeking out only quality tourists, according to the city’s tourism board.
“1 in 15 homes in Amsterdam is offered online. And the supply of homes on the various rental platforms has increased fivefold, to around 25,000 advertisements per month,” it says in the statement. “Due to this increase, the tourist rental of homes has an increasingly negative impact on the quality of life in the various Amsterdam neighborhoods.”
Decision Through Polling
The decision to implement a ban on Airbnb came from a poll of residents and organizations. In the poll, 75 percent of the people supported the banning of the home-sharing app. They want to stop the Airbnb hosts from operating in these specific parts of the city.
Deputy mayor Laurens Ivens added that the ban could potentially spread to other parts of the city. He said, “This indicates that the subject is very much alive among Amsterdammers. Part of the ban is far from enough. They see more in a total ban on a holiday rental for the entire city. But that is not feasible under current laws and regulations.”
However, in Amsterdam, every Airbnb host ( in the area where the company can still operate) must submit a report to municipality officials every time they give their home for rent.
Response For Airbnb in Other Countries
In the US, Airbnb got more bookings between May 17 and June 3. It also saw more bookings coming in for Memorial Day on May 25, as compared to the same time in 2019.
There has been an increase in domestic bookings in Portugal, Germany, and South Korea.
Certainly, the global travel industry came to halt at the start of the year because of the pandemic outbreak. The CEO of the company predicts that the revenue for this year will be half of what it was last year.
However, the company’s eagerly awaited initial public offering could still come this year because of the rise in business.
Chesky said, “We’re not ruling out going public this year and we’re not committing to it.”