Airbnb China will now be providing the Chinese government with guest information.
Airbnb China will now be providing the Chinese government with guest information to better comply with government regulations. Previously, Airbnb had not done this and highlighted it as a difference between their company and hotels in China.
In a notice sent to its Chinese hosts, the San Francisco-based company said it will hand over the details of people who stay at its properties to the Chinese government beginning March 30.
The company provided a click-through button for hosts to remove their listings from Airbnb if they objected to the new policy.
"Like all businesses operating in China, Airbnb China must comply with local laws and regulations," Airbnb spokesman Jake Wilczynsk told Bloomberg. "We're committed to doing all we can to keep our hosts and guests informed about our work in China and we recently updated our hosts about our requirements under the law. The information we collect is similar to information hotels in China have collected for decades."
Foreigners staying at the homes of Chinese residents must submit a copy of the temporary residence registration form to the local Public Security Bureau, together with their passport or identification information within 24 hours of arrival. Chinese citizens must also register. This submission is handled by the reception at hotels and registered guest houses, which require registration details and a scan or photocopy of the guests' passports.
China is the company’s fastest-growing domestic market. Airbnb had over 3.3 million guest arrivals last year in China by local travelers—Chinese millennials are proving to be one of the company’s biggest user bases.