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Travel Tech President Steve Shur speaks on Portland, Maine's rejected referendum restricting short-term rentals.  Statement by the Travel Technology Association on the Rejection of Portland, Maine Short-Term Rental Restrictions Referendum  “This election, voters in Portland, Maine rejected unnecessary restrictions against short-term rentals by striking down a referendum banning non-owner occupied short-term rentals and increasing registration fees. Short-term rentals provide invaluable economic opportunities...

Travel Tech joins with the U.S. Travel Association and numerous other organizations in the travel and tourism industry to urge Congress to support the Hospitality and Commerce Job Recovery Act.   Statement by the Travel Technology Association in Support of the Hospitality and Commerce Job Recovery Act “The travel and tourism industry has never seen anything quite like 2020, as the economic impact...

New research from Expedia Group in partnership with global research firm BVA BDRC shows that OTA travelers spend more and stay for longer, leading to economic stimulus for destinations and communities. The research points to the increasing importance of OTA travelers to propel economic recovery for the US travel industry. The full report can be found here. ...

The way travel used to be isn’t going to happen again for a while, and the travel industry as a whole will need to work together and adapt to meet this challenge or face a grim fate. Fortunately, some travel technology companies are doing just that and already innovating to make the future of travel even better than it was...

There is widespread agreement in the aviation and travel industries that appropriate COVID-19 testing protocols can enable the reopening of international travel markets while increasing confidence in the health and safety of the air transportation system.   Dear Secretary Azar, Secretary Chao and Acting Secretary Wolf: As aviation community stakeholders we are writing to urge the Administration to take steps needed to safely...

Short-term rental bans are not only ineffective at lowering housing costs, they actually impose severe limitations on the residents who have to endure the high cost of living in those cities.   by Steve Shur // San Francisco Business Times San Francisco and the Bay Area, home to billionaires and increasingly expensive housing, is divided over the cause of its affordable housing crisis...

Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Oahu lawmakers have an important decision before them — allow the full negative impacts of Bill 89 to unfold at the expense of our local economy and jobs, or work to amend the regulations in a way that addresses community concerns and balances the role short-term rentals play in supporting our visitor economy.   by Steve Shur //...