Hotel Industry tries to put Airbnb out of business, and look who helped!

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The hotel industry tried to lobby Airbnb out of business, with the help of Elizabeth Warren and two other Senators. reports: Three top Democratic senators were working with the hotel industry when they wrote a letter to the Federal Trade Commission last year urging it to investigate Airbnb and others in the "sharing economy."

The letter from Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Dianne Feinstein of California and Brian Schatz of Hawaii was part of a coordinated, multipronged strategy by hotel lobbyists to use federal regulations to cripple Airbnb, which has emerged as a major competitor to the traditional hospitality industry.

Minutes from a 2016 board meeting of the American Hotel and Lodging Association show that the senators wrote the letter "after working closely with AHLA for several months." The minutes describe the senators' letter as "highlight[ing] our strategy of pushing for transparency while calling out the public policy issues and the need for a level playing field."

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Posted Friday, April 21, 2017



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