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

Nebraska returns to UW with first place up for grabs

first_imgFootball head coach Gary Andersen has never led Wisconsin in a game against Nebraska and his first matchup with the Cornhuskers might be the biggest game of his tenure so far at UW.The Badgers biggest game of the season and Andersen’s first game against Nebraska will come this Saturday afternoon when No. 22 Wisconsin (7-2, 4-1 Big Ten) and No. 11 Nebraska (8-1, 4-1 Big Ten) meet for the first time since Wisconsin’s 70-31 trampling of the Huskers in the 2012 Big Ten Title Game.Nebraska enters as the highest ranked team Wisconsin has faced at home since the Badgers last played the Huskers in Madison, when the teams were ranked seventh and eighth in the nation, respectively. With both teams tied atop the Big Ten West Division standings along with Minnesota, Saturday will have big implications on which team will represent the West Division in Indianapolis in the Big Ten Championship.But the game will also play a factor in personal accolades as well, with two of the top Heisman candidates and running backs in Wisconsin’s redshirt junior Melvin Gordon and Nebraska’s senior Ameer Abdullah. Abdullah enters Saturday’s game after suffering a left knee injury in the Huskers’ last game against Purdue Nov. 1, yet head coach Bo Pelini expects his starting running back to play Saturday. Gordon, meanwhile, comes into the big matchup having rushed for 150 yards or more in five of the last seven contests, including 200 or more in three of those games.Despite a head-to-head Heisman matchup for Gordon, he assured that he is focused on the outcome of the game and not what effects it could have on individual accolades.“No, I’m not thinking about that even though I know there will be questions like that asked,” Gordon said. “I’m just focused on winning the game, to be honest. This is one of the tougher teams on our side of the [conference], so that’s the main focus, going out there and just trying to do what we need to do to win this ball game.”On the flip side, Abdullah has rushed for 1,250 yards this season, with four games of more than 200 yards on the ground. But along with his presence in the backfield, the senior also poses a threat in the receiving game and has caught at least one pass in six of nine games this season.If Abdullah is healthy enough to go Saturday, Andersen pointed to his various attributes that could make him a handful for the Wisconsin defense.“He cuts on a dime. He’s fast, he’s quick, he’s physical, catches the ball well, all that stuff,” Andersen said. “He’s a talented, talented young man and all the accolades that is talked about him having and that he’s received in the past are definitely warranted. He’s a tremendous back and the receivers are very, very good.”However, Wisconsin’s defense has played some of its best games of the season over the course of the last several weeks. Since giving up 28 points to Illinois a little more than a month ago, the Badgers haven’t allowed more than one touchdown in any of the last three games, sacrificing just 23 points in the process.But Saturday will be a different test for the Badgers as they face their best Big Ten offense to date. Nebraska ranks as the third best offense in the conference in terms of both total yards and points per game, averaging close to 500 yards and more than 40 points per game this year. Of those 500 yards, Abdullah contributes about 150 of those.Abdullah, however, isn’t the only opponent the Badgers will have to watch out for. Nebraska sophomore quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr., who averages just more than 200 yards through the air, will test the Badgers’ secondary for one of the few times all season. The last time Wisconsin faced one of the Big Ten’s better quarterbacks, Northwestern’s senior Trevor Siemian exploited Wisconsin’s weaknesses over the middle throughout the game for 182 yards. But as the top defense in the nation in terms of yards allowed, Wisconsin will have high expectations come Saturday.The Wisconsin offense will also face one of its toughest tests of the season against the Nebraska defense. The Huskers have allowed the third fewest points in the conference with just less than 20 per game, and one of their biggest strengths lies in their defense.“That’s probably some of the best D-linemen we’ll go up against this year,” Gordon said. “Not only are they big, but they’re fast and strong as well. Those guys, you don’t really get too many creases. They don’t allow too many and when they do, the linebackers are really in position to stop anything from happening.”Wisconsin will count on Gordon to have success offensively, but the Badgers will need a strong performance from both quarterbacks if they hope to pick apart the Huskers. The good news for UW is that starter redshirt junior Joel Stave is coming off his best game of the season against Purdue where he threw for 219 yards and a pair of touchdowns.The Badgers have developed into a more consistent offensive team over the last several weeks with the two-quarterback system of Stave and redshirt junior Tanner McEvoy becoming much more fluent. But regardless of how much McEvoy and Stave split the reps Saturday, they will need Stave at his best to continue the consistent offensive trend.“I do think we are a stronger team. We’re hitting on all cylinders,” Gordon said. “Those guys are gaining confidence in themselves. It’s always shaky at the beginning of a season with the chemistry. You guys know how that goes. It takes some games for everyone to get on the same page and I feel like we’re really starting to click.”With one of the bigger home games of recent memory, Wisconsin will find out if it’s truly clicking Saturday afternoon. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. from Camp Randall Stadium.last_img read more

Dodgers just bait in loss to Marlins

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “He told me he was fired up and woke up at 6:30 in the morning ready to go,” manager Mike Redmond said. “I was a little nervous, just because with young kids you’re not sure.”Fernandez lacked his usual command, walking two in the first inning, and threw 109 pitches. But he struck out eight, and the Dodgers went 0 for 7 against him with runners in scoring position.“He’s a tremendous pitcher,” Puig said through a translator. “He knew how to mix his pitches and was able to dominate.”Fernandez also had the Marlins’ first hit and scored the game’s first run from first base on a two-out double by Christian Yelich.“We just beat the best team in baseball,” Fernandez said. “That’s the most important part. I could have pitched a lot better, but we got the win.”Hyun-Jin Ryu (12-4), another standout rookie, allowed three runs in 7 1-3 innings and lost for the first time in his past eight starts.Logan Morrison doubled home a run in the seventh to put Miami ahead to stay. Giancarlo Stanton added his 15th homer in the eighth, when Miami scored three times against a bullpen that has been the best in the majors over the past month.Three Marlins relievers completed the six-hitter, delighting a crowd of 27,127, the third-largest this season in Miami.The Dodgers fell to 25-5 since the All-Star break and lost for only the third time in their past 22 road games. They had a 10-game winning streak snapped Sunday at Philadelphia.“We didn’t play bad tonight,” manager Don Mattingly said. “We didn’t make any errors. We didn’t get a whole lot of hits. We just got beat. At some point you have to say you got beat.”Juan Uribe went 3 for 3 against Fernandez, scored once and doubled home a run. But Puig went 0 for 5, dropping his average to .351.Hanley Ramirez, traded by the Marlins during their miserable 2012 season, drew boos each time he batted. He went 0 for 4 and struck out twice.Los Angeles loaded the bases in the fifth on a ground single, an infield single and an error by third baseman Ed Lucas. Carl Crawford drove in a run with a groundout, but Fernandez then squelched the threat. He struck out Puig on three consecutive 97-mph fastballs, and struck out Adrian Gonzalez on a breaking pitch.“He has always taken those situations and really dominated them,” Redmond said.Stanton homered off the home-run sculpture at Marlins Park against Chris Withrow.“A 2-iron,” Redmond said. “That was a bullet.”The homer ended a streak of 12 1-3 consecutive scoreless innings by the Los Angeles bullpen.Dodgers activate Brian WilsonFormer All-Star closer Brian Wilson was activated Monday from the disabled list by the Los Angeles Dodgers after being sidelined since April 2012 because of an elbow injury.Wilson, mounting a comeback from Tommy John surgery, was available for the start of the Dodgers’ series at Miami. Outfielder Scott Van Slyke was optioned back to Triple-A Albuquerque.The Dodgers’ bullpen has been the best in the majors since the All-Star break, and manager Don Mattingly said Wilson’s role was yet to be determined.“We’re going to get him out there and see,” Mattingly said. “This guy hasn’t pitched in a long time. We know what he has been able to do in the past. We know he’s not going to be afraid. He has been there before. We want to get him in the mix and see what it looks like.”Wilson made four scoreless appearances during a minor league rehab assignment. The Dodgers signed him after he was non-tendered by the San Francisco Giants last winter. MIAMI >> The two NL Rookie of the Year contenders chatted on the field during batting practice, discussing how they escaped Cuba before becoming major-league stars this season.Then they went head to head, and Jose Fernandez bested Yasiel Puig to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers.Fernandez allowed only one earned run in six innings to help Marlins win 6-2 Monday night, giving the Dodgers consecutive defeats for the first time since June 20-21.Puig went 0 for 3 against the All-Star right-hander in their first matchup.center_img “It’s not a big deal,” Fernandez said. “It’s one game. I don’t think at all that I’m better than him. His talent is no doubt.”They met for the first time less than two hours before the game and talked at length, a rarity for a hitter and the pitcher he’s about to face.“We were talking forever,” Fernandez said. “I know we’re going to be incredible friends, because we actually were talking about what we went through to get here. We used to live 45 minutes away from each other. Pretty amazing.”That adjective is used a lot lately to describe Fernandez (9-5), who beat the Dodgers for the second time in two starts. He has an ERA of 1.64 since June 1, and at home this year he’s 6-0 in 12 starts with an ERA of 1.40.The animated 21-year-old was especially pumped up to face the NL West leaders.last_img read more