This is a guest viewpoint from Mary White, CEO of BnBFinder, bed-and-breakfast directory.
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More airbnb news and resistance... are B&B's suffering from the new business model? One thing is sure, many of them are on airbnb (and I am one of them).
But indeed, facing closure of B&B's because new laws, targeting airbnb/housetrip/wimdu models, are instead harming existing businesses, is a very unpleasant consequence of focussing too much on the most clamorous stakeholders (hotels) against the new models while not having enough knowledge of the industry.
For a B&B owner, Airbnb can be another channel and it is not a bad one, at least when you feel happy with the same sort of "cosmopolitanism" narrative as couchsurfing does promote. But this is true for many other platforms: there are as many platforms as there are needs.
Does it make less people come to the traditional B&B's? Perhaps. But it may also just be a better filter: not everybody feels like staying in every type of hosting facility. Many people will easily change hats in different situations: they will go and stay in a hotel and a B&B on their christmas break holiday, rent an airbnb home for their spring break and go out camping in summertime.
The best bet for B&B owners who don't want to advertise on AirBnb would probably be to take a close look into what makes airbnb so different from the traditional channels and platforms and which different trends can be distilled from the houses that are exposed on Airbnb in order to renovate, adjust, or distinguish from the experiences proposed by the "sharing economy" (and yeah, ok, how sharing is it?) players.