Paris is becoming the new poster child for Airbnb.
There are now Airbnb 40,000 listings in Paris, making it the most popular city on the service. By comparison, New York City boasts 33,000 listings; London has 23,000; Rio de Janeiro has 17,00; and Barcelona has 15,000, according to the rental company.
CEO Brian Chesky joined Paris Deputy Mayor Bruno Julliard on Thursday to announce that the next Airbnb Open will be held in the City of Light in November.
The Airbnb Open was previously held in San Francisco, where the company was founded.
“As the home of Airbnb’s biggest community, Paris is the perfect place for this year’s Airbnb Open,” Chesky said in a statement. “Our tight-knit community of Parisians is incredible.”
In 2012, there were just 4,000 listings in Paris, according to Chesky.
In March of last year, Paris legalized short-term rentals of primary residences.
Although the legislation was Airbnb friendly, the city has not been entirely welcoming of the short-term rental market. In 2014, the city cracked down on illegal rentals, and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo formed a 20-person team tasked with checking in on apartments suspected of being rented out illegally, according to Bloomberg News.
“We can’t have entire neighborhoods or buildings turned into tourist homes,” said Ian Brossat, Hidalgo’s housing adviser. “We’re fighting to keep Parisians inside Paris and we won’t let tourist rentals eat up their space.”
The country has also worked on a tax specifically for home rental stays.
French hotels have also voiced opposition to short-term rentals: French Hotel Union UMIH wrote a letter this month to Prime Minister Manuel Valls, asking for the government to do more to “level the playing field,” according to The Local. Read more…