International Journal of Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Law 2023

MODERNISATION OF INFORMATION REQUIREMENTS FOR CONSUMERS Image 2: Annual guest nights in the EU spent in short-stay accommodation (2018-2021).16 These trends are confirmed by the new data published in the Flash Eurobarometer 495 (2021) on research results regarding short-stay rentals in the EU.17 Of the total number of the interviewed (25,700) across the EU, 29% of respondents answered that they at least once had booked rooms in private residences, apartments or houses via platforms.18 The most important reason for booking short-stay rentals via platform were lower prices (63%). Another important reason (ranked fifth) was the possibility of user rating and reviews (35 %).19 Additional income for hosts and more affordable travelling for guests are highlighted as the advantages of short-stay rentals booked via platforms.20 16 Image taken from Eurostat: Short-stay accommodation offered via online collaborative economy platforms – impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. 17 Flash Eurobarometer 495 – Short-term rentals in the EU, Summary, September 2021. 18 See ibid p. 2. On the other hand, only 4% of respondents, at least sporadically, offered a room, an apartment or a house as a short-term rental via platform. p. 5. 19 Ibid, p. 3. 20 Ibid, p. 6.