Uber, Airbnb, Couchsurfing, EatWithALocal and so many others are alternatives to the traditional and already put in place travel system. The impact is stronger than we imagine.

The praise: no middlemen to make the price higher, transactions are quick and easy, and the global reach means you don’t need a local travel expert to coordinate it all. Shared economy options offer more for less cash. Plus a new exciting take on the travel experience.

The critique: illegally bypassing of regulations (especially safety, health and disability compliance standards), providing low-wage jobs and creating unfair competition for properly licensed professionals. Vandalised properties, guests that won’t leave, fake listings, and sharing economy sites not always adequately protecting the consumer or service provider. Charges of tax evasion and unfair competition.

All these and more on the sharing economy on www.travelnews.ch

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