Startup and hotel disruptor Airbnb is the hospitality industry’s crosshairs in 2017.
Last June, the company was subjected to a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigation after three Democrat U.S. Senators –Dianne Feinstein of California, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, and Brian Schatz of Hawaii–sent a letter asking for such a probe. Their reasoning? The company is supposedly racist and encourages tax evasion. Ironic for them to target a company that supposedly shares their social justice credo…However, innovation is wholly admonished by limousine liberals.
In October, the company suffered a huge blow in New York City after Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) signed a bill into law placing steep fines on Airbnb hosts who break local housing regulations. Goodness…
Here’s more on this continued negative campaign against Airbnb as reported by NYTimes:
The plan was laid out in two separate documents that the organization presented to its board in November and January. In the documents, which The New York Times obtained, the group sketched out the progress it had already made against Airbnb, and described how it planned to rein in the start-up in the future.
The plan was a “multipronged, national campaign approach at the local, state and federal level,” according to the minutes of the association’s November board meeting.
The documents provide an inside look at how seriously the American hotel industry is taking Airbnb as a threat — and the extent to which it is prepared to take action against it.
The objective is laid out as the following and can be read in its entirety here:
“Objective: Build on the success of 2016 efforts to ensure comprehensive legislation in key markets around the country and create a receptive environment to launch a wave of strong bills at the state level while advancing a national narrative that furthers the focus on reining in commercial operators and the need for commonsense regulations on short-term rentals.”
This is not new. Ever since the San Francisco-based company successfully got off the ground, it’s been met by constant challenges from local governments, so-called housing rights groups, and politicians from both parties — namely Democrats. (As evidenced by the three senators’ letter from last June.)
Airbnb has successfully disrupted the $1.1 trillion hotel industry–for the better. As I previously documented here at The Resurgent, the “Belong Anywhere” company isn’t going anywhere. It’s our job as supporters of free enterprise to support it–even if we disagree with some of their mission statement.