The main trade group for French hotels has sued the home-sharing giant Airbnb, accusing it of unfair competition by "knowingly violating" rules imposed as part of a crackdown on its operations in the country.
Paris is still grateful for the billions of dollars pumped into economy but Parisians and City Hall officials also are expressing deep qualms about having so many visitors directly in their midst, no longer largely corralled in hotels
New regulations in Vancouver meant to cut down on the number of homes rented out to tourists on the website Airbnb appear to be working. The city says the number of listings on Airbnb has fallen from 6,600 in April to 3,742 in September.
People renting out their homes on Airbnb in Vancouver must now have a licence to do so. Anyone found breaking the bylaw can now be fined up to $1,000 a day, but it looks like some people are already trying to get around the new rules.