Online platforms crucial for short-term accommodation providers

first_imgAccording to a survey conducted by the European Commission on the provision of accommodation for tourists based on the sharing economy, service providers are mostly satisfied with the rental system.They most often reach guests through online platforms (70,3%), and cite bureaucracy and frequent changes in the rules governing their business as the biggest obstacles that could lead to the cessation of service provision. The majority of short-term accommodation service providers, 56,36% of them to be precise, confirmed that they use their primary residence in which they reside continuously or secondary residence, in which they reside on a temporary basis, for the needs of the activity. For more than two-thirds of respondents, income from short-term accommodation activities accounts for less than half of their total annual income.In terms of guest relations, the majority of respondents (51,4%) confirmed that they did not experience problems during the rental process, while the majority of the rest of the respondents said that the problems were mostly simple in nature and easily solvable. When commenting on the rules governing the provision of short-term accommodation, respondents ’responses differed with respect to the country of origin. Respondents from countries that reacted negatively to the rules, such as Italy, Germany, Spain and France, highlighted tax regulations as particularly problematic.Despite some difficulties, based on the key results of the survey and based on the explanations of the respondents, short-term accommodation providers within the sharing economy are generally satisfied with their activity and intend to continue to provide this type of service. The vast majority of them (70,3%) confirmed that they use online platforms almost exclusively to reach guests.An online survey was conducted from January 24 to March 14, 2017 on a sample of 391 short-term accommodation providers to gain a better understanding of the sharing economy and its main features within the short-term accommodation provider sector. The survey was not conducted on the basis of a representative sample, but represents a basic insight into the situation on the short-term accommodation market with regard to the experiences of service providers. As early as 2016, the European Commission analyzed the attitudes of users within the sharing economy, as part of activities aimed at gaining insight that can then be used in the process of adapting consumer and marketing regulations.Source: HGKlast_img read more

Premier League suffers first postponement as Arsenal players quarantined

first_img“As a result, the players are unavailable for tonight’s (Wednesday’s) match against Manchester City and the Premier League has decided the game should be postponed.”The first postponement in the Premier League, which has a huge worldwide following, follows widespread disruption to football and other sports across the globe.Arsenal were knocked out of the Europa League by Olympiakos on February 27. Marinakis, owner of the Greek club and English side Nottingham Forest, announced on Tuesday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus.But Arsenal said the players and staff, who met Marinakis after the game at the Emirates Stadium, will return to work on Friday ahead of Saturday’s trip to Brighton. “The medical advice we have received puts the risk of them developing COVID-19 at extremely low,” it added.Olympiacos players, backroom staff and board members have all tested negative, the club said in a statement on Wednesday.The Premier League called the move a “precautionary measure” and said there were no plans to postpone any other games.Arsenal’s opponents on Saturday, struggling Brighton, tweeted that their game was still on.”Albion’s match against Arsenal this Saturday remains scheduled to go ahead as planned, in line with government advice, and following consultation with the Premier League and medical advisors. #BHAFC,” they tweeted.The postponement means Liverpool’s hopes of winning their first title since 1991 without kicking a ball have been dashed.However, should City lose to Burnley on Saturday Jurgen Klopp’s side can seal their first Premier League title on Monday with the added spice they can do so by beating city rivals Everton.  ‘We’re not happy to go’  The Football Association, though, could take a financial hit according to the Daily Mail.The FA have no insurance covering public health epidemics or what are deemed force majeure ‘acts of God’.So if they are forced to cancel matches — which seems the likely scenario for the high profile friendly with Italy on March 27 — or play them behind closed doors, it will cost them £3 million ($3.9 million) a game.  Football’s Serie A and all other sports have been put on hold in Italy, while the top two divisions in Spain and France will be played in empty stadiums for at least the next two weeks.UEFA’s Champions League and Europa League have also been both forced to arrange matches behind closed doors as the epidemic spreads.Olympiakos host Wolverhampton Wanderers in Athens this week in the Europa League, in one of the last-16 games that will be played in front of an empty stadium. Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo has joined a number of managers, including Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp, in voicing disquiet at being asked to play without fans.”If we have to go we will. But we don’t agree — we’re not happy to go,” he told Sky Sports.”Behind closed doors doesn’t make sense,” he added. “We’re pretending to live a normal life when things aren’t normal.”Topics :center_img Arsenal’s game at Manchester City on Wednesday was postponed after players from the London club were put into quarantine, making it the first Premier League football fixture to be called off because of coronavirus.Arsenal said players and four staff had been isolated at their homes after coming into contact with the owner of Greek club Olympiakos, Vangelis Marinakis, who has since tested positive for COVID-19.”We are strictly following the government guidelines which recommend that anyone coming into close contact with someone with the virus should self-isolate at home for 14 days from the last time they had contact,” an Arsenal statement said.last_img read more

Real Madrid have reportedly won the race for ‘new Neymar’ Vinicius Junior

first_img1 Vinicius Junior Real Madrid have beaten Arsenal, Barcelona, Chelsea and a host of other clubs to the £38m signing of teen star Vinicius Junior, according to reports in Brazil.The 16-year-old has burst onto the scene with Flamengo this year and is the latest Brazilian starlet to be dubbed the ‘new Neymar’.The forward has also starred for his country’s Under-17 side and he finished as the best player and top scorer at the Under-17 South American Championship back in March.Arsenal, Barcelona, Chelsea and the rest of Europe’s elite clubs have been keeping tabs on Vinicius ever since but, according to Globo Esporte, he will join Real Madrid.The Spanish giants are said to have agreed a £38m fee with Flamengo for the teenager and he will join when he turns 18.Barcelona had previously failed with an offer of £21m for Vinicius and they later refused to match Real’s offer.last_img read more