[Tagging] AirBnB

Indy Hurt indy at mapzen.com
Sat Mar 19 05:32:17 UTC 2016

Since AirBnBs are primarily private homes, it doesn't seem appropriate to
add them to OpenStreetMap.  Additionally, it may be a violation of AirBnB's
terms of service to take data from their website and host it on another's
(OpenStreetMap in this case).  Last but definitely not least, if a host
decides to stop making their property available through AirBnB, they may or
may not know that their home address is still being prominently featured on
OpenStreetMap as a guest house.

I'm curious to see what others have to say about this.

(Dave, that listing you linked looks awesome - wish I was there now!)



On Fri, Mar 18, 2016 at 9:41 PM, Dave Swarthout <daveswarthout at gmail.com>

> I'm looking for a consistent way to tag AirBnB locations. It's probably
> sufficient to tag them as tourism=guest_house but personally as one who
> frequently uses AirBnB, I would like to be able to locate them more
> precisely than is possible using the maps on their website, which are not
> very exact. The locations can be off by several city blocks and when one is
> pulling a big roller bag along behind it would be nice be able to walk
> directly to the correct location.
> In searching Taginfo, I saw only a few instances of the word "AirBnB" and
> most of those were tagged as operator=AirBnB. As I understand it, the
> operators are the owners of the property whereas AirBnB is a corporation
> that contracts with those owners in some sort of a franchise arrangement.
> Another common tag containing the term "AirBnB" is the website URL that
> points to the specific property. The one I'm working on at the moment is
> near where I live and is quite a nice venue:
> https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/6020019
> Suggestions?
> --
> Dave Swarthout
> Homer, Alaska
> Chiang Mai, Thailand
> Travel Blog at http://dswarthout.blogspot.com
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