Documents obtained by journalists show how the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) is waging an all-out political war on Airbnb. Hotel chains like Marriott, Hilton, and Hyatt are pumping millions to lobbyists to fight Airbnb on Capitol Hill, in state capitols, and even in local communities. Rather than discuss the benefits that the traditional hotel industry offers consumers, the multi-billion dollar industry has banded together to fight an exponentially smaller, yet very successful innovator. » Read news
In a presentation in November, the American Hotel and Lodging Association, a trade group that counts Marriott International, Hilton Worldwide and Hyatt Hotels as members, said the federal investigation and the New York bill were “notable accomplishments.”
Both were partly the result of a previously unreported plan that the hotel association started in early 2016 to thwart Airbnb. 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. » Read news
The Washington Post: Transportation department taps brakes on proposed regulation requiring disclosure of airline fees
The U.S. Transportation Department surprised the travel world last month by suspending the creation of an important new consumer-protection regulation.
At issue was a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking — a precursor to creating a federal regulation — ordered in the waning days of the Obama administration. Basically, it’s a request for comment published in the Federal Register when the government has made a change to a regulation that’s under consideration. » Read news
Travel Technology Association Survey Reveals 92% of Americans Find Complete Access to Fare, Pricing and Schedule Information Helpful When Shopping for Flights on Metasearch Platforms
Consumers overwhelmingly want the government to stop airlines from restricting access to information and inhibiting a traveler’s ability to effectively comparison shop for the best-priced and most convenient flights » Read news