Opinion

Sunday 19 November 2017

If tourists want to experience the real Ireland, make them actually live here

The more a city is turned into a 'destination', the more likely it is real people will not want to live there, writes Donal Lynch

THE WEARING OF THE GREEN: Temple Bar has been called one of the world’s most disappointing tourist desinations Photo: Steve Humphreys
THE WEARING OF THE GREEN: Temple Bar has been called one of the world’s most disappointing tourist desinations Photo: Steve Humphreys
Donal Lynch

Donal Lynch

'Misinformation and assumptions" - those were the stated targets of Airbnb's new report on the good it's allegedly doing us. Forget the housing crisis, never mind the vague tax rules for hosts, or the fact that our capital city is bursting at the seams.

According to the cheerfully titled Home-Sharing: the Positive Impacts on Dublin, which was released last week, the online accommodation service was responsible for more than €200m being pumped into the economy and a nixer of around €5k a year for the average host. Plus, many of those tourists said they wouldn't have stayed as long as they did without a cheap alternative to a hotel.

So Airbnb can't be all bad, right?

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