The Netherlands criticized a report published by the United Nations Human Rights Council, naming and shaming companies with activities relating to Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. The Netherlands discourages companies from investing in Israeli settlements, but believes that the UN should keep out of this, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said to NOS.
Minister Stientje van Veldhoven, responsible for Environment and Housing, submitted a new bill to parliament that makes it mandatory for homeowners who rent out their homes to tourists to register this with their municipality. Those who fail to do so face a fine of up to 83 thousand euros. Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht, who insisted on the law, think it does not go far enough, NRC reports.
Amsterdam is changing its Housing Regulations in an effort to tackle the problems in the local housing market. Some of the main changes proposed for 2020 include a quota on Bed & Breakfasts, banning holiday rentals in certain areas, giving young locals and healthcare and education staff priority for rental housing, and limiting room-based rentals to create more space for families, the city said in a press release.
A majority of the Amsterdam city council wants to investigate whether it can get a "decent" competitor for Airbnb and Booking.com on the market that does adhere to the city's rules on holiday rentals, was revealed during a council meeting on Wednesday, NU.nl reports.
NS turning its attention to tackling chaos at train ticket machines at Schiphol airport, caused by foreign tourists with no public transit cards who want to buy tickets to travel to Amsterdam. The Dutch rail company is approaching international travel providers to convince them to sell online train tickets to and from Schiphol to tourists in advance, the Telegraaf reports.
The number of Airbnb listings in Amsterdam increased by only 4 percent last year, bringing a seeming end to the explosive growth in holiday house sharing listings in the Dutch capital. The number of ads on other house sharing platforms also hardly increased, if at all. Last year Amsterdam handed out a total of 4.2 million euros in fines for housing fraud, the vast majority of which was for illegal vacation rentals.
From now on KLM passengers who book a flight ticket through the airline's website, will be referred through to Airbnb to book accommodation in their destination should they wish to. The Dutch airline and the house sharing site announced their new partnership on Friday, Het Parool reports.
In exchange for the Airbnb link on the KLM site, the airline will get commission for every booking made through that link. How much the airline expects to earn with this is not yet clear.
Since autumn last year Amsterdam imposed a total of 526,500 euros in fines for illegal vacation rentals, mostly through sites like Airbnb and Booking.com, the Telegraaf reports.
A large part of that amount is made up of 297 euros in fines imposed on a Airbnb renter and key business Iamb&b earlier this year. Last week another mega-fine of 175 thousand euros in total was imposed to renters and another key business Keyokay, according to the newspaper.
Darren Huston is stepping down as CEO of hotel reservation site Booking.com and also of parent company Priceline Group with immediate effect. He broke the company's internal codes of conduct by having an affair with one of his employees at the Amsterdam head office
Hotel booking site Booking.com is once again in trouble with the German regulator Bundeskartellamt for price fixing and distorting the competition
The Next Web and Google are working together to launch a technology campus in the heart or Amsterdam which will house a "curated community" of fast-growing technology startups, The Next Web announced on Wednesday. This technology hub is set to open in the spring of 2016.