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3 hours ago, Donald Trumps said:

Isn't it new banqueting space they're building?

Nowhere near as profitable as selling bedrooms

Anyway, I wish them every success

As well as the function room they've doubled the amount of bedrooms.

The fact it's full every weekend with people from all over the island speaks volumes as to what Douglas has become.

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Food for thought?

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‘Existing business are not seeing their clients stopping and going to Airbnb instead so this is about growing rather than substituting. Similarly, people who enjoy Airbnb around the world are probably going to look for it here. We are now offering that option in abundance and if we were not they might not come here.’

 

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Interesting piece that

AirBnB expands tourism

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if you go onto the Airbnb site there are already pages of properties available on the IOM .

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10 minutes ago, emesde said:

if you go onto the Airbnb site there are already pages of properties available on the IOM .

Yes but on the Island these properties have to be registered as tourist accommodation and inspected and so on.  They say:

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Airbnb 

We regularly monitor websites such as Airbnb and third party booking sites to ensure compliance with the Tourist Act to ensure advertised tourist accommodation is legally registered and if not, to facilitate registration accordingly.

Advertising your property on Airbnb is illegal, unless you have an active accommodation registration with the Department. Airbnb is not a legal registration on the Isle of Man, but simply a marketing tool, similar to a website or social media account used to promote your accommodation. If you are interested in advertising your property as visitor accommodation on a website such as Airbnb, please note that you must be registered with the Department, as the above information states. It is illegal to offer tourist accommodation in on the Isle of Man without being registered with the Department.

 

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How is this different from other places . I would want to know that the premises had the right insurances , health and hygiene checks efc etc 

Surely similar registration is done everywhere.

Taken from Airbnb own web site it says "When deciding whether to become an Airbnb host, it's important for you to understand how the laws work in your city. ... In many cities, you must register, get a permit, or obtain a license before you list your property or accept guests."

It goes on to say how you must be registered for VAT etc if turnover is large enough.  I really don't see that the IOM is different in that respect from just about anywhere else . 

 

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53 page booklet you have to comply to, so someone can piss on the toilet floor.

its not exactly user friendly and in part does not encourage anyone to start up which I reckon is their intention. And yet for 2 weeks of the year some scally in Pully who hasn’t paid any rent for years and the carpet stinks of rats piss can have Juergen over for 2 weeks, 2 grand on the hip. 

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1 hour ago, emesde said:

How is this different from other places . I would want to know that the premises had the right insurances , health and hygiene checks efc etc 

Surely similar registration is done everywhere.

Certainly not everywhere - in fact the Isle of Man is pretty unusual in demanding registration and inspection for all tourist accommodation.  Of course there may be other requirements such as change of use or fire certificates elsewhere, depending on how big the premises are etc in many places.   But for smaller properties, providing you're not violating any other agreements, such as tenancy or insurance conditions, you can just let a spare room or even a property out on Airbnb without any other permission.  That's why some cities, such as Barcelona, have started putting local restrictions on.

The IOM VAT limit is effectively a turnover of £85,000 per year, so someone letting out a couple of rooms or even flats is unlikely to breach that.  Of course it would have to be declared for tax.

Airbnb do offer some insurance etc for their hosts as part of the service (plus dispute handling and so on) but as far as inspection goes rely on guest feedback.

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3 hours ago, emesde said:

 

It goes on to say how you must be registered for VAT etc if turnover is large enough.  I really don't see that the IOM is different in that respect from just about anywhere else . 

 

Most places probably don't send some dickhead round to count your teaspoons.

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On 8/10/2017 at 2:55 PM, Donald Trumps said:

Another kick in the teeth for island hoteliers

The ones who sit back and expect the Gov to put money their way

Sorry, the serious ones with a bit of business acumen will thrive but the hangers on will fall by the wayside

That is how it has to be

 

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1 minute ago, dilligaf said:

The ones who sit back and expect the Gov to put money their way

Sorry, the serious ones with a bit of business acumen will thrive but the hangers on will fall by the wayside

That is how it has to be

 

I presume that you are referring to to Governments who expect money to be put their way?

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1 minute ago, Manximus Aururaneus said:

I presume that you are referring to to Governments who expect money to be put their way?

No the so called hoteliers 

 

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3 minutes ago, dilligaf said:

No the so called hoteliers 

 

What about the incompetent Governments and their employees who expect an endless stream of taxpayers money to be put their way?

Or do they have an automatic exemption from your audits?

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