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Research study on Tourism and the sharing economy: challenges and opportunities

Period:2015
Client:European Parliament, Directorate General for Internal Policies, Policy Department B: Structural and Cohesion Policies, Transport and Tourism
Product:Peeters, P., Dijkmans, C., Mitas, O., Strous, B., Vinkensteijn, J., & Weston, R. (2015). Research for TRAN Committe - Tourism and the sharing economy: Challenges and opportunities for the EU. Brussels, Belgium: European Parliament, Directorate General for Internal Policies, Policy Department B: Structural and Cohesion Policies, Transport and Tourism.
Report abstract

The impacts, challenges and opportunities caused by the fast-growing sharing economy in tourism are assessed. The report describes the definition, size, and development of the sharing (or collaborative) economy, assessing the (dis-) advantages for the tourism sector, concluding with policy analysis and recommendations. Large parts of the sharing economy are affecting the tourism sector, although its share is very small. The main challenges are taxation and regulation; main opportunities are the innovative power and enhanced competition.
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