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Saturday, May 18 • 13:00 - 14:15
“Book unique homes and experiences”. How Airbnb distorts rental markets

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Many of us like indeed to "book unique homes and experiences", as Airbnb's tag line says, and there's no denying that Airbnb has made life easier and cheaper for many travellers and for those willing to rent out their spare room. Yet, it has also created incentives for landlords to only rent out their property to tourists – and sometimes without having the needed licence or paying the required taxes. Airbnb also creates incentives for big landlords (investment funds, other companies, wealthy individuals...) to amass apartments to serve the tourist market. All that is limiting the housing options for residents and distorting rental markets across many European cities, where people are suffering the effects of 'airification' and 'touristification. In this session, we will hear from journalists who've been reporting on the impact of Airbnb in cities Greece and Portugal.

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Cat McShane

Documentary Filmmaker and Journalist
Documentary filmmaker and journalist, making work for British broadcasters including the BBC and Channel 4. Enjoy creating alliances with e.g activists, social scientists, trade unions when developing stories, which ideally have a campaign or social impact element. Recently directed... Read More →

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Yannis-Orestis Papadimitriou

Journalist, The Manifold
Journalist from Greece and a member of The Manifold, a team of investigative journalists based in Athens, Nicosia and London whose work has been featured in Al Jazeera English, Deutsche Welle and the Columbia Journalism Review, among others. Co-creator of The Manifold Files, a digital... Read More →
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Marina Demertzian

journalist, ERT
Journalist at ERT (Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation- Greek Public TV). During the last 3 years I' ve been co-producing a 60 Minutes investigative documentary programme (ERT Report), dealing with social issues, such as the impact of short term rentals in Athens and Crete, harm reduction... Read More →

Saturday May 18, 2019 13:00 - 14:15 BST