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  • Requiring ‘lodging facilitators’ to collect state sales tax on rentals

    BY O. KAY HENDERSON, RADIO IOWA on April 17, 2018

    Much of the tax policy debate at the statehouse has focused on tax cuts, but there are tax increases under consideration — including a tax increase in the travel industry that’s included in Governor Kim Reynolds’ proposal. Christopher Rants, a lobbyist who represents an online travel association known as Travel Tech, brought the issue up with lawmakers during a hearing late last week. » Read More
  • Tri-Cities Homeowners to Earn $75,000 During Food City 500

    Travel Tech on April 13, 2018

    With the massive influx of race fans for NASCAR's Food City 500 this weekend, and limited hotel options in the area, short-term rentals are meeting the needs of visitors and providing significant economic benefits to the Tri-Cities region. » Read More
  • Hospitality Financial Leadership - The OTA Distraction: Pushing Rather Than Pulling

    By David Lund, The Hotel Financial Coach on April 5, 2018

    You cannot go a day online in the hotel community without seeing a ton of OTA related discussion. Hoteliers are like scared kittens when it comes to how they have been treated by the evil empire that the "On-Line Travel Agencies" has created. There is no doubt that the OTAs have dramatically changed the landscape in the last 20 years since Expedia bounced into the world under the strict parenting of Microsoft. » Read More
  • Opinion | Compromise on short-term rentals can protect communities and property rights

    State Sen. John Stevens, Guest columnist, Knoxville News Sentinel on April 3, 2018

    At his State of the State address, Gov. Bill Haslam issued a challenge to the people of Tennessee: “I want Tennessee to lead the nation in jobs, education and government efficiency. I don't just want us to compete; I want us to be the best.” » Read More
  • Opinion | Short-term rentals aid long-term growth

    Guest Column by Senator John Stevens, Memphis Commercial Appeal on March 28, 2018

    At his recent State of the State address, Gov. Bill Haslam issued a challenge to the people of Tennessee: “I want Tennessee to lead the nation in jobs, education and government efficiency. I don't just want us to compete; I want us to be the best.” » Read More
  • Travel Tech Applauds Congress for Directing USDOT to Work with Stakeholders to Develop Guidelines for Greater Price Transparency in Consumer Air Travel

    Travel Tech on March 23, 2018

    Travel Tech President Steve Shur issued the following statement today applauding Congress for including language in the fiscal 2018 omnibus spending package that directs the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to work with travel industry leaders, consumers, and stakeholders, to establish guidelines that provide more price transparency in air travel: » Read More
  • Steve Shur Discusses the Importance of Preserving Consumer Protections in Air Travel

    GBTA's The Business of Travel Podcast on March 21, 2018

    Travel Tech President Steve Shur joined GBTA’s Mike McCormick on The Business of Travel podcast to discuss DOT regulations and the need to preserve consumer protections in air travel. » Read More
  • Short-term rental bill hits all the right notes for Tennessee

    Matt Kiessling, Published by Kingsport Times News on March 29, 2018

    Short-term rental platforms like Airbnb, Booking.com, HomeAway, Trip Advisor and VRBO have transformed the travel marketplace for millions of people around the globe. But more importantly, they’ve done the same for thousands of families right here in Tennessee. By providing trav­elers the opportunity to connect with local homeowners through the simple click of a mouse or the swipe of a phone, these innovative platforms have aided in a dramatic increase in the popu­larity of short-term rentals by improving access to convenient, family-friendly and affordable accommodations options. » Read More
  • Preserving Consumer Protections in Air Travel

    Steve Shur on March 20, 2018

    It’s been widely reported that the federal government, and specifically the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), is undergoing a regulatory review to determine how each agency can ease the burden on industry by eliminating government regulations, thereby fostering economic growth.  Due to the unique nature of DOT’s consumer protection oversight, this effort to remove regulations could have dramatic implications for the flying public. » Read More
  • Airlines propose long list of rules to kill or revise as part of Trump deregulation initiative

    Hugo Martin, Los Angeles Times on March 19, 2018

    Last year, the U.S. Department of Transportation temporarily froze all pending airline-industry regulations as part of an administration push to cut the burden of red tape on American businesses. And it asked the public and airlines for comments on existing regulations that could be halted, revised or repealed. » Read More
  • SHUR: Law keeps short-term rentals from going underground

    Steve Shur, Published by Indianapolis Business Journal on March 19, 2018

    Thanks to the leadership of Rep. Matt Lehman, R-Berne, and Sen. Mark Messmer, R-Jasper, House Bill 1035 puts Indiana on the map as a national leader when it comes to technology policy that embraces the peer-to-peer economy. » Read More
  • Historic Short-Term Rental Bill Passes Indiana Legislature

    Travel Tech on March 6, 2018

    Indianapolis, IN -- A bill to protect private property rights and catalyze Indiana’s tourism economy overwhelmingly passed the House today and is on its way to Governor Holcomb’s desk for his signature. » Read More
  • Trade groups battle over foreign investment in US airlines

    Diana Stancy Correll, Washington Examiner on February 27, 2018

    Foreign carriers may be able to invest more in U.S. airlines in the future thanks to a new piece of legislation that would lift such restrictions. But opponents say security and safety could be at risk. » Read More
  • Owen: Protect private property rights

    Justin Owen, Published by Chattanooga Times Free Press on February 27, 2018

    Imagine being diagnosed with an inoperable tumor and having to quit your job as a result. Imagine the financial toll as medical bills pile up with no resources to pay them. Then imagine that you can rent out an extra bedroom in your home to help make ends meet, put food on the table and pay your health care expenses, all by listing your home for rent online. » Read More
  • BTC Radio Interview With Travel Tech President Steve Shur

    Kevin Mitchell on February 23, 2018

    In this 12-minute episode on BTC Radio, Travel Tech president Steve Shur speaks with Kevin Mitchell about travel distribution, short-term home rental and an initiative to boost tourism to the US. » Read More
  • New Poll Finds Overwhelming Support for Short-Term Rentals in South Carolina

    Travel Tech on February 21, 2018

    Results from a recent Mason-Dixon Poll found that an overwhelming majority of South Carolinians support the right for homeowners to rent out their home, or a room in their home, through short-term rental platforms such as Airbnb, HomeAway, or VRBO.Results from a recent Mason-Dixon Poll found that an overwhelming majority of South Carolinians support the right for homeowners to rent out their home, or a room in their home, through short-term rental platforms such as Airbnb, HomeAway, or VRBO. » Read More
  • State bill could affect city rules on Airbnb

    Judy Walton, Chattanooga Times Free Press on February 20, 2018

    Chattanooga officials and Hamilton County's two state senators are watching a bill in the Tennessee General Assembly that would short-circuit the city's rules regulating short-term rentals such as Airbnb. » Read More
  • New laws could change the way Murfreesboro homeowners rent their homes out

    WGNS News Radio on February 16, 2018

    If a new bill is signed into law, it could give local municipalities like Murfreesboro the right to change the way homeowners rent their residence on a short term basis. » Read More
  • Sen. Stevens Introduces Compromise Legislation to Deliver Statewide Standards on Short-Term Rentals

    Travel Tech on February 15, 2018

    Sen. John Stevens (R-Huntingdon) today introduced comprehensive legislation to outline statewide short-term rental standards and protect property rights of Tennessee homeowners while at the same time preserving important local government regulatory control. » Read More
  • Travel Tech Joins Coalition Encouraging More Foreign Travel to U.S.

    Travel Tech on February 8, 2018

    Travel Tech is proud to join with the U.S. Travel Association and a dozen other national associations representing a broad spectrum of American industries to address – and reverse – the recent decline in international visitors to the United States. » Read More

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