Travel Tech Statement: New Orleans Short-term Rental Proposal is Untenable Policy
Travel Tech on January 11, 2019
New Orleans Short-term Rental Proposal is Untenable Policy, Will Reduce Tourism Spending and Tax Revenue
Arlington, VA – The Travel Technology Association (Travel Tech), the trade association for the online travel industry, including short-term rental innovators Airbnb, HomeAway and VRBO, released the following statement on January 10, 2019 ahead of the New Orleans' City Council's consideration of a proposal to ban short-term rentals in the city.
"Councilwoman Kristin Gisleson Palmer’s proposal is an unnecessary short-term rental ban masquerading as a policy solution. After extensive study of New Orleans’ policy landscape and the development of short-term rental policy around the country, Travel Tech is disappointed to see a proposal that blatantly disregards New Orleans residents who benefit from this activity and constructs an untenable policy framework for local residents looking to participate in the sharing economy," said Matt Kiessling, Travel Tech's Vice President of Short-term Rental Policy.
The City Council is set to vote on Councilwoman Gisleson Palmer's motion this week.