The following video was put up on Facebook recently by Dick Smith, the Australian electronics entrepreneur famous here for his once huge chain of electronics stores throughout the country.
He recently became aware of something we’ve known about from our own experiences for several years: the tremendous amount of damage being done to hotels and small professional holiday rental businesses, not to mention their local communities (our villages in France for example), by the huge multinational booking engine sites (AirBNB, Trivago, Booking.com and the rest of that gang) who are cunningly coming to dictate to the entire industry. In this video he expresses with searing passion and admirable anger what these accommodation booking platforms are doing to niche businesses and their localities, as well as how much money they are slyly siphoning from the Australian economy – mostly tax free, he claims.
Watch this video please! And pass it onto everybody you know. It’s scandalous what is happening, and we all need to do something about it. And we can too, quite easily as he explains in the video.