Travel Tech


  • Historic Short-Term Rental Bill Signed Into Law by Governor Haslam

    Travel Tech on May 17, 2018

    A bill to protect private property rights and catalyze Tennessee’s tourism economy was signed into law today by Governor Bill Haslam.

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  • AirBnB, Expedia donate $300,000 to the group working to defeat Measure C in Palm Springs

    Corinne S Kennedy, The Desert Sun on May 17, 2018

    Three weeks before election day, the group fighting a Palm Springs ballot measure that would ban most of the city’s vacation rental properties has received an influx of cash from AirBnB and travel-booking site Expedia, which owns HomeAway. » Read More
  • Testimony of Steve Shur to House Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Taxes, and Capital Access

    Travel Tech on May 11, 2018

    On Tuesday, May 8, 2018, Travel Tech President Steve Shur testified before the House Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access, at a hearing entitled Travel and Tourism: A Small Business Angle. Shur discussed the valuable role Travel Tech member companies play in benefiting small businesses and bringing more visitors to local communities.  » Read More
  • Travel Tech President Steve Shur to Testify Before House Small Business Subcommittee

    Travel Tech on May 7, 2018

    On Tuesday, May 8, 2018, Travel Tech President Steve Shur will testify before the House Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access, at a hearing to examine the positive impact of travel and tourism on small businesses. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:00am Eastern Time in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. » Read More
  • ASTA Statement on Iowa Hotel Tax Legislation

    American Society of Travel Agents on May 4, 2018

    Eben Peck, Executive Vice President, Advocacy, at the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), releases statement with regard to Iowa House File (HF) 2489, as amended, which would expose some of the Society’s members to new and unwarranted taxation: » Read More
  • Iowa Legislature Proposing New Vacation Tax on Iowans

    Travel Tech on May 3, 2018

    The omnibus tax deal currently being negotiated behind closed doors by Iowa legislators on HF 2489 and SF 2417 raises taxes on Iowan's summer vacations. The proposal includes an onerous provision that would impose new taxes on travel agent service fees, both online and in Iowa. » Read More
  • Expert study shows direct bookings are not cheaper for hotels

    European Technology & Travel Services Association (ETTSA) on May 2, 2018

    New evidence shows that shifting consumers from indirect to direct channel has no measurable impact on hotels’ costs, but could impact occupancy rates.
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  • Hotels Are Now Less Cost Effective Than Rentals for Business Travel, Says New Report

    Lisa Calhoun, General partner, Valor Venture, Published by on April 27, 2018

    For business travelers, the fight is heating up between hotels and home rental companies like Airbnb, VRBO/HomeAway, Vacasa, Flipkey, Wimdu, Innclusive and others. In part, it's thanks to a report from AirBnB released yesterday. It claims that the federal government, which spent  $3.1 billion last year with hotels, and almost $2 billion of it with just 5 chains, could save taxpayers $413 million by staying with Airbnb. » Read More
  • 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,, 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

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