守護香港「住家分享」的未來 | Protect Home Sharing in Hong Kong
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Hongkongers share a passion for travel, and we increasingly pursue unique and local experiences to see the world in an authentic way. We also take pride in our home, hoping our friends from all over the world can see the true colors of Hong Kong. That’s why home sharing platforms such as Airbnb have become so popular among tourists in Hong Kong and around the world.
We’re committed to working with Hong Kong towards a regulatory framework that meets our city’s unique needs. That’s why we’ve actively shared a detailed range of policy options with the Hong Kong government and the public to ensure home sharing in Hong Kong grows responsibly and sustainably, while providing safe experiences to both travelers and our Hong Kong community. Sadly, the government has not yet considered any of these options.
The Audit Commission and Legislative Council released public reports, urging the government to review and consider a regulatory framework tailored specifically for home sharing accommodations. Ignoring these recommendations, the Hong Kong government chose to take a step back. In July, the HAGAO amendment bill based on outdated public consultation data was submitted to the Legislative Council for its first reading.
If the bill becomes legislation, it will hinder the future development of home sharing in Hong Kong, depriving travelers the right to enjoy a unique, authentic and local experience. Hong Kong residents also lose the opportunity to increase their income by making good use of their extra space. This would risk Hong Kong’s global reputation as a tourism and travel hub.
We need your immediate support to urge the government to launch a new round of public consultation on home sharing. It is time for us to reconsider options that promote smart tourism, utilize innovative technology, and support Hongkongers with more opportunities to make supplemental income. And most important of all, we need to let visitors truly experience the beauty of Hong Kong, loving and cherishing our home town as we do.
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