Insider Business Revised AirBnB draft bill under attack by hoteliers

Revised AirBnB draft bill under attack by hoteliers

Cyprus hoteliers are up in arms over a revised proposed bill regulating Airbnb-style short-term rentals since this does not include provisions for mandatory health and safety documentation.

MPs who drafted the bill justified this saying they wanted licensing procedures before such rentals are listed on the Deputy Ministry of Tourism’s register to be as simple as possible.

The draft law which was discussed this week before the House  Commerce Committee does not include  provisions such as supporting documents/licences required for safety and health issues as for other licensed tourist accommodation.

In addition, a fire safety certificate was also excluded from the original proposal prepared by a rapporteur along with the original proposal for a deputy ministry officer to carry out on-the-site inspections of these rentals even though this is a practice at licensed hotels or other tourist accommodation or serviced apartments.

The revised draft law, signed by socialist Edek MP Elias Mirianthou and ruling Disy leader Averof Neofytou, will be discussed again on Tuesday in the presence of Deputy Minister of Tourism Savvas Perdios.

The Minister had meetings recently with heads of such platforms and is expected to take initiatives to unblock the prevailing parliamentary impasse on this issue.

Hoteliers are expected to raise again the need for mandatory health and safety standards, as well as the tax regime under which these short-rentals should come under.

By Demetra Landou


Read more:

Top Stories

Nicosia issues anti-NAVTEX following renewal of illegal NAVTEX by Turkey

Νicosia has issued an anti-NAVTEX following the renewal of an illegal NAVTEX by Turkey which extended the activities of seismic survey vessel "Barbaros" in...

Six Covid-19 patients treated at Reference Hospital

Six Covid-19 patients are currently treated at Famagusta General Hospital which acts as the island's reference medical centre, Philenews reported on Saturday. One is in...

Two dead as rare storm ‘Ianos’ hits central Greece – follow the cyclone’s progress live

Two people died as a rare storm, known as a Medicane (Mediterranean hurricane), pounded central Greece on Saturday, flooding streets and homes, authorities said. Storm...

Worldwide coronavirus cases cross 30.35 million, death toll at 947,400

More than 30.35 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 947,400 have died, according to a Reuters...

New UK lockdown likely sooner rather than later

Britain is likely to need to reintroduce some national coronavirus lockdown measures sooner rather than later, a former senior government health advisor said on...


Chicken with okra and bulgur wheat

Heat the oil in a pan and sauté the okra until golden. Remove the okra, lay out in an oven tray and sprinkle with...

Swordfish with aubergines

To toast the sesame seeds: place sesame seeds in a small non-stick frying pan over low heat and stir until you begin to smell...


Just a little before serving, heat the broth and add the ravioli. (If the ravioli is frozen you don’t have to defrost). Heat them...

Seafood kebab with avocado salad

Place the mussels, shrimps and salmon in a bowl together with tarragon and lemon zest. Season and cover, keeping in the fridge for 15...