AirBnB is a service that allows people who have accommodation to rent out their houses, condos, or cottages to people who need accommodation, and similar to ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft, it’s all about the free market.
That’s why anywhere AirBnB operates it ends up with a fight on its hands and runs into resistance from the hospitality sector.
The latest outraged group to vent about AirBNB is an organization called the Manitoba Lodges and Outfitters Association.
It’s calling for new regulations and standards in the province for people who rent out their homes and cottages through sites like AirBNB. To get its message out, it asked member-businesses to participate in a one-day strike.
In other words:
The association conducted a protest which forced customers to embrace the very service they were protesting against...
That’s what happened when several cities took their cabs off the road to protest Uber, thereby forcing people in need of a ride to use Uber, generating millions of dollars in awareness and increasing their customer base.
Traditional players accustomed to having a monopoly on these services, will kick and scream about 21st century realities and the sharing economy.
There’s a degree of entitlement at play here too with industries demanding consumers support them because their employees need to make a living whether their service is desired or not.
It’s not what’s right for you as the consumer but what’s right for them as the provider.