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The uneven playing field: Hotels & Airbnb * State of Florida (as well as with five county tax authorities in the state) * India * Jersey City, New Jersey * Lisbon, Portugal * Malibu, California * Montgomery County, Maryland * State of North Carolina (as well as 150 local tax jurisdictions in the state) * Oakland, California * State of Oregon, City of Portland and Multnomah County * Palo Alto, California * Paris, France * Philadelphia, Pennsylvania * Phoenix, Arizona * State of Rhode Island * San Diego, California * San Francisco, California * San Jose, California * Santa Clara, California * Santa Cruz County, California * Santa Monica, California * State of South Carolina * State of Washington * Washoe County, Nevada The unstated message, of course, is: cities can get this money if they are willing to not hold vendors - particularly individual homeowners - to the same safety and zoning regulations as hotels, while also giving officials an incentive to ignore neighborhood complaints about short-term rental guests eating up limited parking on streets, throwing parties in houses and landlords taking rental property off the market to capitalize on the cash-cow short-term-rental boom. But even when it comes to taxes, Airbnb has indulged in smoke and mirrors, said Sprouse, the Georgia hotel association director. Last year in Georgia, lobbyists for the shortterm rentals ensured the tax issue was pushed down to the municipalities, which meant it would be much longer before any was collected. "They haven't really supported paying the tax," he said. A MORE ADVANTAGEOUS BATTLEGROUND FOR HOTELIERS Liberal San Francisco, the business birthplace, has had some most contentious and perhaps the most eye-opening battles between Airbnb and its detractors. There the hotel industry found itself with the unlikely political ally of housing advocates, which contended landlords were evicting tenants to turn housing into hotels. There a compromise was worked out, which required shortterm rental operators to have business licenses, and banned commercial operators or landlords by limiting the business to primary residences. Full houses could only be rented for a total of 90 days a year while single rooms had no occupancy limit. 3 4  | OCTOBER 2016 | TODAYSHOTELIER.COM "Mine is not a rentable apartment because it is a room and a bathroom and it is part of my house," Bader said of her 1906 Victorian. "Personally I think it is terrible that people would evict tenants and then turn their apartment into a short-term rental." Bader found the compromise workable for all parties. She contends her services benefit both the traveler and the neighborhood cafes and other businesses. Skift.com, a travel website, urges caution and says that the economic benefits of short-term rentals to cities "gets fuzzier" when examined closely. "Yes, those cities receive a slight boost in tax revenues, but there are true economic costs for regulating and legalizing short-term rentals," the website noted in a recent article. "Shifting residential units from housing locals to housing tourists can be devastating for local communities and businesses. The more you consider those costs, the more difficult it becomes to know whether that additional tax revenue is really worth it. Can cities afford to welcome Airbnb at the expense of their own residents and budgets?" Worst, the website said measuring the impact was all the more harder because "there is no real, honest transparency in the data." It noted that in New York City last year, data provided by Airbnb, which it contended was snapshot of its providers, had been scrubbed to remove some 1,500 listings that may have been for illegal hotels or commercial operators. "Their data is strategic data," Murray Cox, creator of Inside Airbnb, which monitors the company, told Skift. "They are picking the data that matches their policy objectives." Sprouse, the Georgia hotel association director, noted that allowing short-term rentals to run amuck also negatively impacts neighborhoods. The coastal city of Savannah - a historic town dependent on the tourist trade - found that Airbnb rentals were impacting parking and peace in neighborhoods. After all, you have zoning for a reason. Savannah introduced some regulations to control the parking and party problem associated with Airbnb in its neighborhoods, Sprouse said. But many people end up as unwitting buyers. He has met people who bought condominiums in Atlanta who believed they were moving to a community. But once they moved in, they realized that they really moved into a hotel because so many units were being marketed as Airbnbs by absentee owners, Sprouse said. "It is really a different group of people every night," he said. During the fight in the Georgia legislature last year to bring Airbnb under state control, Sprouse met a man who had bought a retirement home on Sea Island. He and his wife moved to paradise only to end up living across from another house that served as full-time, short-term rental that specialized in parties and weddings, Sprouse said. "He says it really upset the sanctity of his home," he said. "The man was almost in tears." Unfortunately, it did not move the lawmakers, at least in terms of votes. ■ http://www.Skift.com http://www.TODAYSHOTELIER.COM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Today's Hotelier - October 2016

Letter From the Chairman
Letter From the President & CEO
News Bytes
AAHOA Spotlight
Best Western’s New Frontier
Government Affairs
The Uneven Playing Field: Hotels & Airbnb
Finding Opportunity in the Old
Development & Renovation
Living Legends: Wisdom From Industry Trailblazers
Finance Q&A
The Latest Tech Tools for Hospitality
Guest Experience
AAHOA Events
AAHOA Founding Members
AAHOA Vendor Partners
Classifieds
Advertiser Index
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Today's Hotelier - October 2016 - Letter From the Chairman
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Today's Hotelier - October 2016 - Letter From the President & CEO
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Today's Hotelier - October 2016 - News Bytes
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Today's Hotelier - October 2016 - AAHOA Spotlight
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Today's Hotelier - October 2016 - Best Western’s New Frontier
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Today's Hotelier - October 2016 - The Uneven Playing Field: Hotels & Airbnb
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Today's Hotelier - October 2016 - Finance Q&A
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Today's Hotelier - October 2016 - The Latest Tech Tools for Hospitality
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Today's Hotelier - October 2016 - Guest Experience
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Today's Hotelier - October 2016 - AAHOA Events
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Today's Hotelier - October 2016 - AAHOA Founding Members
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Today's Hotelier - October 2016 - AAHOA Vendor Partners
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