Media Briefing on April 3, 2018
The Federation of Hong Kong Hotel Owners held a media briefing session
responding to Airbnb's request for legalization.
The Executive Director of the Federation reiterated the position of the
industry and strongly opposed the legalization of Airbnb. He also
stressed that allowing illegal accommodation in Hong Kong would be a
threat to the safety of tourists in Hong Kong, and at the same time
would also damage Hong Kong's reputation.
The Executive Director indicated that the sharing economy proposed by
Airbnb was ※sugar-coated poison§. Airbnb was illegal and both of the
tenants and tourists were not protected, and the Airbnb did not
contribute to the economy as they claimed. The Executive Director
pointed out that hotel owners have invested hundreds of millions of
dollars to build hotels, the hotel industry provide job opportunities
and comply with the law. If illegal accommodation is allowed to continue
to grow in Hong Kong, it will be unfair to the industry and will ruin
Hong Kong's image.
The Federation also urged the Legislative Council to amend the "Hotels
Ordinance" as soon as possible to strengthen criminal liability and
deterrence and to prevent illegal accommodation.