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The monthly bulletin of LEAP (European Laboratory of Political Anticipation) - 15 Sep 2017

2018-2020, Airbnb and others: End of the gold rush, possible turning point

The “peer-to-peer economy” has increased extensively and suffered transformations due to the development of giant commercial players such as Airbnb. The growth of this tourist property-renting website between individuals is indeed quite impressive.

Figure 1 – Number of travellers who use Airbnb each summer, 2010-2015. Source: Airbnb.

Despite this dizzying curve as well as the very promising future foreseen for the peer-to-peer economy, we anticipate that the gold rush is now a thing of the past[1] for those companies and that their forecasts are far from being as flourishing as we might imagine.

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