Mapping the operation of Airbnb in Sri Lankan cities

Munasinghe, Lasika Madhawa and Gunawardhana, Terans and Wickramaarachchi, N.C. and Ariyawansa, R.G. (2022) Mapping the operation of Airbnb in Sri Lankan cities. Geografia : Malaysian Journal of Society and Space, 18 (2). pp. 1-15. ISSN 2180-2491


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Airbnb is most famous as a part of the growing “sharing”, “peer-to-peer”, or “digital” economy where the platform transformed the traditional tourist accommodation services through its novel business model. In order to comprehend the influence of Airbnb on the tourism and hospitality landscape, it is critical first to understand the market and how Airbnb operates. Therefore, in this study, we explore the operation of Airbnb in Sri Lanka using descriptive statistics and maps by analysing the scrapped data of the Airbnb website. The study results show that Airbnb has been well established on Sri Lankan soil as an alternative accommodation service provider, and the listings have been scattered across the country. However, most listings tend to concentrate in the city centres of famous touristic districts and tourist resort regions in Sri Lanka. These findings will provide a valuable avenue for further investigation of the operation of Airbnb in Sri Lanka.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Airbnb; Digital disruption; Sharing economy; Sri Lanka; Tourism and hospitality industry
Journal:Geografia ; Malaysian Journal of Society and Space
ID Code:19812
Deposited By: ms aida -
Deposited On:19 Sep 2022 00:26
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