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Should short-term apartment leasing services such as Airbnb be prohibited in New York City?
Airbnb can offer a superior service as compared to traditional hotels and other accommodation services.
One of the benefits of Airbnb is the "
live like a local
" experience. This is highly applicable in NYC, where the size and pace of the city can inhibit an authentic tourist experience.
Airbnb has launched an
feature on their app, allowing guests to access exclusive activities in various locations.
Airbnb offers cheaper accommodation than hotels.
Airbnb offers unique benefits for vacationing families.
Airbnb is uniquely responsive to what users desire and innovates accordingly much faster than hotels.
Airbnb is a safer and more efficient form of couch-surfing: it adds safety to both parties while allowing the payment process to be managed independently.
Societies and economies functioned well for years without Airbnb. These economies are now threatened by its existence, as are the more vulnerable elements of society. Basic needs and structures therefore should take priority over luxuries such as Airbnb.
The success of Airbnb risks putting traditional accommodation services out of business. This would make it particularly difficult for members of society for whom Airbnb is inaccessible to travel.