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Statement from Travel Technology Association President Steve Shur on Introduction of the Protecting Local Authority and Neighborhoods Act (PLAN) Act


Steve Shur on September 13, 2019

Statement from Travel Technology Association President Steve Shur on Introduction of the Protecting Local Authority and Neighborhoods Act (PLAN) Act

The PLAN Act is yet another attempt by the hotel lobby to use public policy to inhibit competition from short term rentals.

 

WASHINGTON – Following the introduction of the Protecting Local Authority and Neighborhoods Act, Travel Technology Association’s President Steve Shur issued the following statement:

 

“This ill-conceived bill, the PLAN Act, is simply unnecessary and a blatant attempt by the hotel industry to impede competition from short term rentals (STRs).  The bill would amend Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA), which affords publishers and platforms protections from claims made against content provided by its users or third-parties. 

  

“The fact is municipalities and STR platforms are working together on reasonable and effective solutions to increase compliance, address non-compliance, and foster a short-term rental environment that works for communities, homeowners, and travelers.  STR platforms are willing to address instances of non-compliance by remediation, and delisting ineligible or problematic properties at the city’s request.  

 

“Rep. Case’s bill is a blatant attempt to do the hotel industry’s bidding to undermine the important legal protections of the CDA in the hopes of stifling competition from the innovative companies that have helped make short-term rentals and home-sharing popular.  To take such a bold and unnecessary step of amending the CDA, which has stood the test of time and maintains a reasonable standard for e-commerce, is completely unnecessary, and will have unintended consequences beyond the short-term rental industry.  The Travel Technology Association strongly opposes this bill and we urge Congress to reject this for what it is, another attempt by the hotel lobby to stifle competition.”

 

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The Travel Technology Association (Travel Tech) is the voice of the travel technology industry, advocating for public policy that promotes transparency and competition in the marketplace to encourage innovation and preserve consumer choice. We represent the leading innovators in travel technology, including global distribution systems, online travel agencies and metasearch companies, and short-term rental platforms.