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China hardens regulations against tourist accommodation in residential areas

Beijing, Sep 30 (EFE).- The Beijing municipal government has issued a notice to owners of flats listed in tourist accommodation services with new rules for operating in residential localities, state broadcaster CCTV said on Thursday.

As per the new requirements, the owners have to take the consent of the rest of the proprietors, who normally form part of a neighborhood committee.

CCTV said that these committees have refused to consent to the renting out of flats, which has led to large-scale withdrawal of tourism accommodations in Beijing from specialized mobile apps.

EFE tried to search tourism accommodation in the Chinese capital and was able to confirm that the number of apartments on offer has dropped significantly in areas dominated by residential complexes.

Meanwhile, in Beijing’ss outskirts or in the old city center, where there are more buildings or houses that do not belong to a residential estate and operate independently, a large number of properties continue to be available both on international services like Airbnb and local competitors such as Tujia.

The Travel Daily website said that tourism accommodation service Mudiao had to withdraw thousands of listed apartments and the measure could have affected up to 15 percent of their properties in Beijing.

According to a report released by the iiMedia Consulting in July 2020, the number of tourist apartments on offer in Beijing stood at around 42,000, the highest for any Chinese city. EFE


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