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The AirBnB Phenomenon

Posted on 22 Feb 2018 by Joe

A Cockburn Mini-Conference 

14 March 2018 


The AirBnB phenomenon –

Impact and Opportunities of the Collaborative Economy and Disruptive Technologies: how should Edinburgh respond to short-term letting.


A report by University of Sheffield academic Alasdair Rae showed that 9,638 properties were listed for short-term let in Edinburgh on the short term letting site AirBnB in September 2017, an increase of 54% in just over a year from 6,272 in July 2016. With a booming tourism sector, is this a positive market response, or does it represent a major threat to the residential fabric of the City?


Venue: City of Edinburgh Methodist Church, Nicolson Square, Edinburgh EH8 9BX


Date: Wednesday 14 March 2018

Time: 2pm to 5 pm



£8 for Cockburn Association members, students and members of Edinburgh Civic Forum

£45 for others (£100 for block booking of 3 places)


Confirmed speakers include:

Professor Douglas Robertson – co-author of a Scottish Government scoping report on the supply and demand of short term lets in Scotland.  Professor Robertson’s research expertise focuses on sociological understanding of place, belonging and identity and examining how these influence society in relation to social and housing policies.

Professor Cliff Hague OBE – Academic, Town Planner, freelance consultant and researcher. Former Chairman of the Built Environment Forum Scotland, Past President of the Royal Town Planning Institute and President of the Commonwealth Association of Planners (Secretary-General 2006 -10). In 2011 he chaired the Commonwealth expert group on urbanisation. He is a Patron of Planning Aid Scotland and is currently Chair of the Cockburn Association.

Ms Rosemary Mann – Old Town resident, heritage administrator & activist and former Brewer. Rosemary is the Secretary of The Mansfield Traquair Trust, formed in 1993 in response to public concern about the deterioration of the condition of the former Catholic Apostolic Church in Mansfield Place. She is a member of the Old Town Association, and a longstanding resident in the Old Town of Edinburgh, where she has lived for over 3 decades.


John Donnelly – CEO of Marketing Edinburgh, an agency that promotes Edinburgh globally as an outstanding place in which to live, work, study, visit and invest.  He is owner of John P Donnelly & Associates, a consultancy focused on integrated brand activation and holds/has held director and Board positions with Edinburgh Tourism Action Group, Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce, Essential Edinburgh and Best Cities Global Alliance. 


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