The government has published the Tourism Amendment Bill, which stipulates that short-term home rentals will fall under the Tourism Act.
The Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa (Fedhasa) that has been lobbying for Airbnbs to be regulated, welcomed the decision.
“The major request from our members is that all accommodation providers should be subjected to the same regulations, which is currently not the case. Fedhasa, together with other industry associations, have been lobbying the government to level the playing fields,” said Fedhasa chairperson Jeff Rosenberg.
He said, although the competition was healthy, the wellbeing of clients remained vital.