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Airbnb Makes Proposal at U.S. Mayor’s Conference

While speaking at the 2016 U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C., yesterday, Airbnb’s head of global policy, Chris Lehane, had an interesting offer for the powerful men and women in attendance: To team up and Airbnb would start collecting ...

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Key Findings from the Marriott-Starwood Filing

Ever since Marriott International announced plans to acquire Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide back in November, the industry has been buzzing about the merger that would create the world’s largest hotel company. Hotel News Now Editorial Director Jeff Higley combed ...

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Maryland Closes Loophole for Online Travel Tax

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), the sole national association representing all segments of the nearly two million-employee lodging industry, has issued a statement following votes in both chambers of Maryland’s General Assembly to override the veto by ...

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U.N. Sheds Light on Travel Visas

The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) recently released its 2015 Visa Openness Report, which shows that the percentage of the world’s population that needed a visa to travel in 2015 dropped 14 percent from the percentage required in 1980. ...

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Palestinians Criticize Airbnb’s West Bank Listings

Airbnb has sparked controversy within the Palestinian community for failing to mention that their properties listed are located in West Bank—occupied land claimed by the Palestinians. The Palestinians argue that by contributing to the settlement economy, Airbnb and other companies ...

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