It seems like everyone in the hospitality industry talks about the effects of AirBnB on our businesses, but what can actually be done about it? The American Hotel and Lodging Association laid out a plan to their Board. It is a “multipronged, national campaign approach at the local, state and federal level.”
From The New York Times: Inside the Hotel Industry’s Plan to Combat AirBnB
[quote]The main prongs of the association’s plan to constrain Airbnb include lobbying politicians and state attorneys general to reduce the number of Airbnb hosts, funding studies to show Airbnb is filled with people who are quietly running hotels out of residential buildings and highlighting how Airbnb hosts do not collect hotel taxes and are not subject to the same safety and security regulations that hotel operators must follow.[/quote]
Last year three senators asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate how AirBnB negatively effects rising housing costs. A New York governor also signed a bill that applies big fines to hosts that break local housing rules. The hotel association said that was part of their plan.
Other parts of the plan include continued research into the negative effects of AirBnB and forming alliances with politicians, affordable housing groups, neighborhood associations, and hotel labor unions to strengthen their base of influence and support.
The Association has met with the Attorney Generals and legislators of many states to talk about how AirBnB hosts frequently don’t comply with the same rules that are imposed on hotels, like fire and safety standards, local tax collection and anti-discrimination laws. The annual budget for regulatory work is about a $5.6M USD, so they have some resources for these efforts.
They also want to utilize research in an anti-AirBnB campaign to promote the idea that AirBnB hosts ruin the housing market, and are therefore NOT supporters of “mom and pop” trying to make some extra money on the side as commonly believed by many. To this end they want to launch a testimonial page of people who have been hurt by home sharing.
I wonder if we’ll start to see more videos like this one in 2017
Do you think a widespread smear campaign against AirBnB will have any effect on the general population’s view of home sharing or their use of the site?