In France, the resistance to Airbnb as an Olympic sponsor increases: The French hotel association Umih stated that he was in protest against the US residential platform from his participation in the preparations for the Summer Games in Paris in 2024 from. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) presented Airbnb as a new sponsor on Monday, until the Summer Games of 2028 in Los Angeles.
The French union Union des Métiers et de l'Industrie de l'Hôtellerie (Umih) called it "outrageous" at its annual meeting in the seaside resort of Biarritz. "The hoteliers suspended their participation in the organization of the Olympic Games 2024," it says in a Umih message, which is the AFP news agency. According to the Paris organizers, more than 40,000 hotel rooms are already reserved through the association.
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France is one of the largest markets for Airbnb in Europe. But the capital city of Paris has imposed strict conditions - for example, the maximum rental period for an apartment may not exceed 120 days per year.
"Airbnb is a factor that contributes to the increase in rental rates and exacerbates the shortage of housing in the rental market," said Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo. She had written a letter to IOC chief Thomas Bach to warn him "of the risks and consequences" of a deal with the apartment broker.