Fairbnb.coop launches in the United Kingdom
A new, sustainable and socially responsible way to travel and to rent your home. This reflects the true British tradition of Bed & Breakfasts and Inns, deeply rooted in their own communities.
We are excited to announce that Fairbnb.coop has now launched in the UK!
Our platform is already growing in Italy, Spain, France, Portugal, and Belgium – we are thrilled to now bring our people-over-profit concept to the UK.
Introducing our regenerative tourism model to the UK communities represents a pivotal moment for us. Great Britain is one of the larger, more sustainability conscious economies and has a long tradition in widespread and locally rooted hospitality. The thousands of Inns and B&Bs here make every trip to the UK a real journey of discovery. Along with Self Catering lets and many other new forms of hospitality, the accommodation and experience industry can become a powerful source of resources for all the stakeholders in the hosting communities.
The short-term rental market has grown rapidly in UK in recent years, with many people renting out their homes on global, extractive platforms. Although the trend saw an abrupt stop during the recent pandemic, the phenomenon is now on the rise again despite concerns about its direct and indirect impact on the local communities. From an initial opportunity for small home owners and people that wanted to rent out that extra room, the Short Term Rentals industry has quickly become a playground for high profit companies and hoarding landlords focused on maximising their investments (often at the expenses of entire neighbourhoods and of small hosts rooted in their community). That’s why Fairbnb.coop, as a cooperative platform with its international team of members, workers and activists, is working hard to bring its unique regenerative model to the UK.
Unlike other Short-Term Rental platforms, Fairbnb.coop is focused on creating a community of hosts and guests who care about making a positive impact on the world. This way, we allow travellers who book a stay to direct half of the net platform standard commissions to social projects or charities in the community.
The platform also encourages hosts to adopt sustainable practices, such as using eco-friendly cleaning products, providing guests with information about local public transportation options and by providing information about local shops and trades. By staying with a Fairbnb.coop host, guests can add values to their stays knowing that they are supporting a host who cares about making a positive impact on the world, starting with its own neighbourhood.
Support for the Big Issue Foundation and Local Projects.
Fairbnb.coop has recently announced a partnership with the Big Issue Foundation, the famous UK-based charity at the heart of the Big Issue Magazine, that works to fight poverty and create opportunities for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Through this partnership, Fairbnb.coop supports the Big Issue Foundation’s work by allowing guests to donate half of the platform commission to the charity in areas where a local project has not been identified yet.
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This is not the case in London and Essex, in fact, thanks to the presence of our first UK Local Ambassadors Rebecca Wiles in Colchester and Douglas Racionzer in Hackney who have sourced two great local projects in their area, we can direct the impact of our guests donations at a local level.
In London, our guests will be able to sponsor the renovation of Gillett Square, a community space in the heart of Hackney. This project will help to create a more vibrant and inclusive public space for residents and visitors to enjoy.
As for Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk, every time a customer books a holiday home, cottage or B&B on Fairbnb.coop, guests will be directing 50% of its booking fees to East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), a charity that supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions.
Become a Host with Fairbnb.coop
Are you a UK resident with a spare room or a property that you would like to rent out? Maybe you run a small hotel, B&B or similar? Fairbnb.coop is always looking for independent hosts to join our platform. As a host, you can be reassured that if you meet the legal and sustainable criteria for the destination, with us you can also support a social project in your local or regional community via donations made on bookings to your property without being charged a single penny, in fact our commissions for hosts are and will stay at 0%!
Become a Local Ambassador with Fairbnb.coop
We are also looking for local ambassadors to help us spread the word about Fairbnb.coop in the UK. As a local ambassador, you will be the face of Fairbnb.coop in your community, promoting our sustainable home-sharing platform and our commitment to supporting local social projects. Fairbnb.coop can only fulfil its mission with a network of locals that take control of its impact, helping us reach our goal.
Partner with Fairbnb.coop
Are you a UK-based business or organization that shares our commitment to sustainable tourism and community involvement? We are always looking for partners to work with us on local projects and initiatives. Together, we can create a more sustainable and responsible tourism industry. Get in touch with us at email@example.com
Fairbnb.coop is not just a home-sharing platform; we are a community-driven movement that is committed to creating a more sustainable and responsible tourism industry. We are thrilled to bring our people-over-profit concept to the UK and to work with UK residents, hosts, and companies to achieve our goals.
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How it works:
The Host earns the same,
the Guest pays the same
but the benefits are for the whole community.
50% of our platform fee is used to fund a project of your choice for the communities you visit.
This is a what we call
Community Powered Tourism.