Airbnb should tie up with Singapore hotels

Some letter writers have expressed their dislike for Airbnb-style rentals (Short-term rental raises inequality, by Ms Cheryl Tan Cher Lin, May 18; Condos are not alternatives to hotels or short-term residences, by Mr Herve Michel, May 14; and Short-term rental benefits a vocal minority, by Mr Paul Chan Poh Hoi, May 6).

I recommend that Airbnb build dormitory-style housing or a budget hotel in Singapore to accommodate customers using its platform.

Or, it could negotiate a deal with hotels to accommodate its users at reasonable prices. This would be a win-win situation.

There are enough hotel rooms here with prices ranging from $60 to $150 a night.

A hotel's staff would be professionally trained to deal with guests, while that might not be the case with apartment owners.

Teo Kwang Chwee

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 28, 2018, with the headline 'Airbnb should tie up with Singapore hotels'. Print Edition | Subscribe