Complementary or competitive? Interrelationships between hotels, Airbnb and housing in Tel Aviv, Israel

Yael Ram, Anat Tchetchik

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The present study explores the interrelationships between Airbnb and both the formal accommodation industry (hotels) and the housing market. We used time-series data (28-49 months) from Tel Aviv, a city where Airbnb was not regulated during the studied period. The analysis shows that Airbnb plays a dual function for the accommodation market. While it complements the demand for hotels, it competes with residents in the housing market and increases rental prices of apartments of all sizes. These results demonstrate that the effects of Airbnb listings on housing markets need to be contextualized by a broader understanding of the housing stock and the regulatory environment. From a tourism perspective, Airbnb may be relatively complementary to the formal accommodation market, especially in responding to seasonal demands. Nevertheless, regulatory issues concerning equity in meeting governmental requirements for accommodation remain essential.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3579-3590
Number of pages12
JournalCurrent Issues in Tourism
Issue number22
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Airbnb
  • Tel Aviv
  • housing
  • short term rentals
  • time-series

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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