UK STAA welcomes three new affiliate members to ranks

UK: The UK Short Term Accommodation Association (STAA), the trade body representing the short-term rental sector, has announced that it has welcomed three new affiliate members to its ranks.

The companies joining the STAA are as follows:

• Touch Stay – a digital guest welcome book provider
• Airlinen – a short-term rental linen provider
• Elina – a provider of property management software

The new affiliate members have further broadened the association’s membership base and will allow the STAA to better represent the sector moving forward. It now has 29 members in total, which includes some of the largest platform operators in the UK such as Airbnb and HomeAway as well as many companies that provide specific services to the growing short-term rental sector.

Touch Stay CEO Andy McNulty said: “Touch Stay is delighted to be joining STAA and we’re looking forward to working with and supporting them through 2020 and beyond.”

Shaz Mohit from Airlinen said: “Airlinen is delighted to be part of the STAA. We look forward to meeting all other members and contributing to our shared industry and association.”

Merilee Karr, CEO of UnderTheDoormat and chair of the STAA, said: “It’s great to be able to welcome three new affiliate members to our association. It clearly shows the diversity of businesses that are now operating in the short-term rental sector and how significantly it is growing.

“Our new members will help us to have a more powerful voice on the issues that affect the sector and will add further weight to our aim of growing the short-term rental sector in a responsible and sustainable way,” she added.

STAA membership is open to all short-term rental businesses and companies who offer ancillary services. Hosts may also become members of the association, while both hosts and operators can pay an additional fee to become third-party accredited.

The STAA offers host membership for £10 per month, which includes information about hosts’ legal responsibilities, best practice and a code of conduct.

More information can be found here.