Airbnb has been spurned by city officials in New York, but it’s Paris that the apartment-sharing service is most interested in wooing right now. The site reports that Paris now boasts 40,000 rentals on the site, becoming the site’s top city. New York follows with 34,000 listings, while London has 23,000.
The Guardian notes that the high volume of activity isn’t just from people vacationing in Paris. In fact, more Parisians “use Airbnb to travel than residents from any other city.” It’s not surprising, then, that the Silicon Valley start-up will leave its home base to hold its next annual Airbnb Open in Paris.
Unlike New York, Paris and London welcome the rental service. London recently updated legislation to allow renters to use Airbnb. And upon Airbnb’s recent annoucement, Paris’s first deputy mayor Bruno Julliard said, “Innovation and hospitality will be the two pillars for Paris to continue to outperform as the top destination in the world for tourism.”
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