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Controversy Heats Up over Shared Accommodation Services

Controversy Heats Up over Shared Accommodation Services

SEOUL, Oct. 27 (Korea Bizwire) — The government is engaged in the final stages of discussion with related industries for approval of shared accommodation services for residents of urban areas. The talks, however, are stuck in a last-minute limbo as disputes have flared up over the government’s new regulations, which stipulate that such business may [...]

Airbnb Users Spend US$2.1 bln in S. Korea in 2019

Airbnb Users Spend US$2.1 bln in S. Korea in 2019

SEOUL, Aug. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — Users of the global house-sharing platform Airbnb Inc. spent US$2.1 billion in South Korea in 2019, the company said Wednesday. The amount accounted for 4.2 percent of total tourist spending in Asia’s fourth-largest economy, with Airbnb users’ median expenditures standing at $445. Airbnb users and hosts contributed $1.91 billion [...]

Airbnb Calls for Law Revision to Allow S. Koreans to Share Homes with Domestic Travelers

Airbnb Calls for Law Revision to Allow S. Koreans to Share Homes with Domestic Travelers

SEOUL, Oct. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — Airbnb Inc. launched a campaign on Monday to call for a revision to the law to allow South Koreans to share their homes with domestic travelers in the country’s major cities, it said. Under South Korea’s Tourism Promotion Act, residents in urban areas, excluding rural communities defined by law, [...]

Thousands of Tourists to Stay at Airbnb during PyeongChang Olympics

Thousands of Tourists to Stay at Airbnb during PyeongChang Olympics

SEOUL, Feb. 6 (Korea Bizwire) — Airbnb Inc. said Tuesday over 9,000 tourists will visit PyeongChang and adjacent cities where the 2018 Winter Olympics will be held via the global room-sharing platform, with the international sports event set to kick off later this week. The number of travelers who made reservations in Gangwon Province, including [...]

Fair Trade Commission to Take Legal Action Against AirBnB Over Strict Refund Policy

Fair Trade Commission to Take Legal Action Against AirBnB Over Strict Refund Policy

SEJONG, Sept. 30 (Korea Bizwire) – The Korea Fair Trade Commission announced on Thursday it will take legal action against AirBnB after the online accommodations giant ignored its demand to comply with a correction order regarding its strict refund policy for South Korean clients. According to the Fair Trade Commission (FTC), AirBnB has failed to fully [...]

Foreigners Traveling South Korea via Airbnb Up 130% in 2016

Foreigners Traveling South Korea via Airbnb Up 130% in 2016

SEOUL, June 5 (Korea Bizwire) – Airbnb Inc. said Monday about 510,000 foreigners visited South Korea last year using its room-sharing platform in the latest sign of its growing popularity. The figure represents a 130-percent hike from 220,000 recorded in 2015, the website operator said. Separately, about 500,000 South Koreans also used Airbnb in traveling [...]