The rise of AirBnB.com and the illegal, short-term rental
Aug03

The rise of AirBnB.com and the illegal, short-term rental

Nearly three years ago, I first noticed AirBnB.com and questioned many professional innkeepers about the site.  Did they feel threatened by it?  Did they feel we should expose them for the obvious issues of supporting and promoting businesses that did not pay taxes and that had no concern for safety?  I sent an email to the owners, questioning them on some of this, and of course never received a reply.  Plus, I was ticked off that...

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Vacation Rentals – Friend or Foe?  What do you think?
May03

Vacation Rentals – Friend or Foe? What do you think?

Anyone paying attention to the travel industry these days knows about the rise and success of the vacation rental as a popular lodging option.  Sites like VRBO, HomeAway, FlipKey and others have skyrockted in popularity.  Many cities around the world are concerned with the increased use of houses, apartments, and condos as vacation rentals, possibly altering the culture of buildings and neighborhoods.  Everyone in our industry knows...

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Unrest in NYC about B&Bs – A Lesson for Innkeepers?
Jul23

Unrest in NYC about B&Bs – A Lesson for Innkeepers?

This past week I was glad to lend a hand to a PAII member asking for help.  Vinessa Milando, owner of Ivy Terrace B&B in New York, NY, informed me about a bill (click here for bill’s full text) that had just made it through the New York State Senate that would essentially make illegal all short-term lodging facilities that were not bona fide hotels, i.e. B&Bs and vacation rentals.  The law, if signed by Governor David...

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