“Wesgro is working with the Western Cape government on providing comment on the bill. This process is still ongoing.
“The tourism sector in the Western Cape supports over 300 000 jobs, contributing tens of billions of rand to the provincial economy. Our top priority will be to ensure that the sector continues to thrive, so that even more people can access opportunities in the province.
“We will not support regulations that do not achieve this objective,” said Wesgro chief executive Tim Harris.
In April the government published the Tourism Amendment Bill for public comment. Should it be signed into law, short-term home rentals will be regulated under the Tourism Act. The minister of tourism could then specify various “thresholds” in terms of Airbnb rentals.