Airbnb: Restore Judea and Samaria Jewish Listings
To: Greg Greeley, President of Homes Belinda Johnson, Chief Operating OfficerBrian Chesky, CEO We are in shock over Airbnb's decision to ban only Jewish owned listings from the disputed regions of Judea and Samaria (West Bank.) Meanwhile, the company has not removed the Arab-owned listings from the same areas, thus deepening the injustice and revealing a blatantly discriminatory policy. On Airbnb's webpage titled "Diversity at Airbnb", Brian Chesky CEO, Co-founder of Airbnb writes: "At the heart of our mission is the idea that people are fundamentally good and every community is a place where you can belong. I sincerely believe that [discrimination] is the greatest challenge we face as a company. It cuts to the core of who we are and the values that we stand for." As you may know, the regions of Judea and Samaria (West Bank) are home to over 750,000 Jewish people spread out in 200 communities, including those located in the east side of Jerusalem, Israel's Eternal Capital City. We hope that Airbnb will leave politics in the hands of the politicians and continue to allow the law-abiding Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria region to take part in the wonderful project that is Airbnb. Please hold your own words true by fighting discrimination wherever it may be found and continue to believe that "every community is a place where you can belong."
Stop Airbnb from Listing Properties on Illegally Occupied region of Abkhazia, Georgia
After the Russian occupation and ethnic cleansing of Georgian population in 1992-93 that left hundreds of thousands dead and more than half million displaced from their homes, region of Abkhazia has been controlled by separatist and terrorist militant formations along with Russian occupant military. Since then the legitimate Georgian government do not possess control over the region. Therefore allowing individuals to list properties that could have been acquired by illegal means and are rented predominantly on Russian tourists entering illegally in the region violates not only Airbnb's very eloquent and descriptive inclusion and anti-discrimation policies but an international law and norms of ethics. As being one of the most successful and profitable companies in the world Airbnb is expected to be ethical in conducting business locally or internationally and not profit from illegal or other discriminatory activities its hosts might be engaged. Therefore we urge Airbnb to ban individuals from region of Abkhazia from listing properties on the platform unless they demonstrate that they are not engaging in discriminatory activities and are authentic owners of the apartments located in the sovereign, internationally renown borders of republic of Georgia. And change the name on the platform from 'Abkhazia, Russia' to 'Abkhazia, Georgia'. In summary: Individuals from this terrorist controlled region should not be allowed to list on Airbnb for the following reasons: 1. Individuals listing the properties can not verify the authenticity of their ownership of the properties they are listing. 2. Listed properties could have been acquired by murdering their legitimate Georgian owners during the ethnic cleansing in 1992-93. 3. The listed properties are only rented on Russian tourists entering the region illegally. No Georgian (or probably other nationality) could make it to their rented property say in Sokhumi because they would not be allowed (or kidnaped or shot) by occupant forces.
Airbnb’s NEW cancellation policies are ABSOLUTELY WRONG
How are the Airbnb Cancellation Policies going to change? With an email sent on the 15th of September, Airbnb has informed Italian hosts that it will soon make big changes to the rules that define when and how guests can cancel a reservation. Airbnb is planning to introduce an update to the Cancellation Policies and a corresponding increase to the host service fees. Unfortunately the pages explaining the pages on Airbnb are only visible to Italian hosts... However, a detailed explanation of the changes is available here. In short, what is going to happen is the following: - Each cancellation policy will have a grace period, i.e. a set period of time before a reservation when a guest can always cancel and receive a full refund. - The Moderate and Strict policies (less favourable to the guests), will be accompanied by an increase in host service fees, from 3% to respectively 4% and 5% to keep into account the extra protection from cancellations - Guests that cancels pre-trip will not be charged the guest service fees, making cancellations truly 100% refundable The rationale that Airbnb is putting behind this is that by having more relaxed terms, more guests will book, and that this will compensate a likely increase in cancellations. >> HERE a comparison with the Old Policies ** PLEASE, SIGN THE PETITION IF YOU WANT TO SAY NO! **
I stopped using AirBnB when they started to discriminate Jews
ProblemFrom 19 November onwards AirBnB officially discriminates Jews.SolutionIf enough decent people stop using AirBnB's services, hopefully this will change."Airbnb blacklists Jewish apartments in Judea and Samaria - not Palestinian apartments, not apartments in Turkish occupied Cyprus, in Moroccan occupied Sahara, not in Tibet or the Crimea. Airbnb’s policy is the very definition of anti-Semitism. No one should use its services."Michael Oren, member of Knesset
Airbnb, put back IDR (Indonesian Rupiah) in the supported payment currency!
I have done many airbnb bookings while travelling abroad, all these bookings were done with the local currencies. I also hosted my own airbnb listing in my hometown. Lately, several people are complaining about why booking my listing cannot be done in rupiah. They asked, I have no clue, and those bookings are mostly lost. Then I want to travel to Surabaya, this time I tried to book an airbnb listing. And the same thing happened to me. All prices are shown in rupiah, and as I progressed to payment, it can't be finished using rupiah. I was told to change currency or change my payment method. I tried the later and was not succesful. Then I saw that the currency setting on the bottom right corner was IDR, I changed that to USD, and I can complete the payment. The funny thing is that after I changed to USD, IDR was no longer in the option, it's gone. I contacted Airbnb support about this. They replied that IDR was no longer supported since October 20th, 2017. I don't understand, why it's no longer supported, but many people still has their currency set to IDR, including me. I bet many other people have the same problem booking listings in Indonesia because of this issue. So Airbnb, you owe us an explanation why IDR is no longer supported. I saw you supported many other local currencies. And if there is a valid reason behind that, why did you still put IDR as default setting, still show the prices in rupiah, but then throw error saying booking cannot be done in rupiah during payment. That's ridiculous, as if you want to make it harder for us to use your service unnecessarily. I think this change is not well thought and was put in a hurry without much consideration. But most importantly, I think it's fair to ask you to put back IDR as supported payment. Why should we as Indonesian do our booking in USD or any other foreign currency for booking an Indonesian listings. Think as if you as a US resident would book listing in New York, but at the end you're shown that USD is not supported, and you have to change your currency setting to IDR. Ridiculous I think, and I think many others will agree.
Stop agli abusivi e alla concorrenza sleale! Controlli nel settore delle locazioni a breve
Il settore delle locazioni turistiche extralberghiere è un settore cresciuto in maniera vertiginosa negli ultimi anni e, come a volte accade in questi settori che vedono un'esplosione della propria espansione, controllare e regolamentare la crescita del mercato può risultare difficile. Il numero di utenti che hanno iniziato ad affittare alloggi per soggiorni brevi attraverso portali come Airbnb.com o Booking.com, ha registrato un trend di crescita costante che ha portato ad una proliferazione selvaggia di strutture ricettive, molte delle quali abusive. Per rendere l'idea della dimensione del fenomeno abusivo riporto il caso di Roma. In un articolo del 16 settembre 2018 Repubblica.it cita la situazione attuale delle strutture ricettive nel solo comune di Roma 'Il sito open data del Comune di Roma ne censisce 9.803, le iscrizioni alle Camere di Commercio parlano invece di 2.865 unità, mentre sui portali online l'offerta raggiunge le 41.403 strutture, di cui 27.213 gestite dal colosso Airbnb'. Il mercato delle locazioni extralberghiere è un mercato da tutelare, normare e controllare, ma in questo momento la situazione nazionale vede pochi 'host' che agiscono secondo le regole, che offrono locazioni a norma e che pagano le tasse, contro una sempre crescente platea di abusivi che inquina il mercato con locazioni invisibili, non a norma, evadendo sistematicamente le imposte. Io sono un host che opera su Roma, mi impegno per seguire le regole, e con questa petizione chiedo a nome mio e di tutti gli operatori regolari di questo settore una stretta sui controlli (su chi ospita abusivamente ma anche sui portali come Booking o Airbnb che non richiedono alcun requisito ai propri iscritti, come ad esempio un codice attività). Un cambiamento in questa direzione renderebbe giustizia a chi rispetta le regole e lo tutelerebbe dalla concorrenza sleale fino ad oggi subita dagli abusivi, non dimenticando che regolarizzare le strutture e il mercato significa anche tutelare i turisti ed il turismo in generale. Mi auguro di raggiungere i destinatari di questo appello e spero che possano intervenire al più presto per correggere le anomalie del settore. Ringrazio inoltre tutte le persone che decideranno di sottoscrivere questa petizione, gli host che come me vivono questo problema e decideranno di firmare, ma più in generale tutti coloro che sosterranno quest'appello pensando che legalità significa civiltà. Vincenzo Musci
Airbnb standards for Israel must be equal and nondiscriminatory
ProblemAirbnb has announced that they will "remove listings in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank." This policy is unequal and discriminatory because it effectively restricts Jews living in one region from renting their homes on Airbnb, while allowing non-Jews living in the same region to continue renting their homes. It is also the only such policy anywhere in the world, despite the myriad disputed territories where Airbnb operates.SolutionAirbnb ought to reverse this policy immediately in the interest of fairness and equal standards. This petition is currently being led by the J'accuse Coalition for Justice (jaccusecoalition.org), The Lawfare Project (thelawfareproject.org), Shurat HaDin (israellawcenter.org), StandWithUs UK (standwithus.co.uk), and the Israel Forever Foundation (israelforever.org).
Stop wiping! Start washing #InstallShattaf in bathrooms around the world in 2019
Arabic / English You might want to take a seat while reading this. There’s an issue that has been in headlines all over the world this year and needs to be addressed immediately - Do you #WashVsWipe? Join our campaign that demands that major hotel chains, airports, restaurants, gas stations and retail outlets across the world to #InstallShattaf Pronounced, Shat-taf, it is a hose with a nozzle that sprays water for post-toilet usage. Think of it as a shower head, but upside down. You wash your hands with water, you wash your feet with water, and you wash your food with water - why would you not wash “that” area with water?! Using water to wash up after using the restroom is common culture habit in Eastern countries from the Middle East to parts of the greater Asian nations including India, Indonesia, Japan and Korea. The usage of toilet paper alone is inefficient and simply not enough to sanitize yourself. Populations that collectively make up almost 1/3 of the world use a form of water to clean up, whether it be a sprayer connected to a toilet seat, a jug of water, a hose or more commonly a separate bidet basin. The production of toilet paper is killing the environment as it takes 37 gallons of water to manufacture a single roll. We need to change that! But we need your help. Watch the video and sign this petition. We need to get major hotel chains and airlines to acknowledge this as a huge hygienic problem and #installshattaf before the end of the year! We need your votes to activate this petition.
"Short term rentals" should not be mandatory nor imposed | Art. 36, PC 1874.
La Cámara de Representantes de Puerto Rico aprobó un proyecto de ley que ahora pasa al Senado para ratificación o enmiendas. El PC 1874, conocido como la Nueva Ley de Condominios regularía la comercialización de todos los condominios residenciales llamando las mismas actividades de alquiler a corto plazo (endiéndase Airbnb, Homeway, etc.) "residenciales" con todo y que pagan impuesto por ser comerciales. Hay condominios que prohiben alquileres menores de seis (6) meses, 1 año y otros a menor de tres (3) meses. Cada condominio se le debe respetar su derecho a decidir el término que constituye alquiler a corto plazo (STR por sus siglas en ingés) y sus derechos adquiridos no deben ser revocados por esta medida. Eliminarlos va a traer litigios constitucionales innecesarios. Firma la peitición para que (1) Art. 31 y 36: cada condominio pueda decidir el término mínimo de arrendamiento y, (2) Art. 3(g) elimine cláusula que define STR como actividad 'residencial'.