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Torben Rick The rise of the sharing economy – peer-to-peer hotels.
A half-dozen upstarts have emerged in the last two years – with names like 9Flats, HouseTrip, Wimdu and Airbnb – offering the convenience of a hotel, the comforts of a home and the price tag of an up-market hostel – let’s call them peer-to-peer hotels.
It is the most prominent example of a huge new “sharing economy”, in which people rent beds, cars, boats and other assets directly from each other, co-ordinated via the internet.