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Title: Accommodating the sharing revolution : a qualitative evaluation of the impact of Airbnb on Singapore’s budget hotels
Authors: Koh, E 
King, B 
Keywords: Airbnb in Singapore
Disruptive innovation
Home rental
Sharing economy
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Source: Tourism recreation research, 2017, v. 42, no. 4, p. 409-421 How to cite?
Journal: Tourism recreation research 
Abstract: In 2013, Daniel Guttentag in an article titled Airbnb: Disruptive innovation and the rise of an informal tourism accommodation sector has proposed the view that Airbnb properties compete directly with budget hotels because of their comparably low cost and the present paper assesses the applicability of this hypothesis in the Singapore context. Interviews were conducted with representatives from economy/mid-tier hotels and hostels which account for over 10% of Singapore’s hotel room stock and with Airbnb. The researchers draw upon these key informant views to propose an Accommodation Price and Capacity Matrix as a theory-based mapping of Airbnb’s offerings within the context of Singapore’s accommodation landscape. It is concluded that although Airbnb should not yet be considered as a direct competitor for Singapore’s budget hotels, it will pose a growing threat through the near to medium term. The paper concludes with recommendations about how Singapore’s home rental market should be best regulated.
ISSN: 0250-8281
DOI: 10.1080/02508281.2017.1314413
Rights: © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Tourism Recreation Research on 20 Apr 2017 (Published online), available online:
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