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Like other popular travel destinations where housing is expensive and in short supply, Hawaii is reeling from the effects of a proliferation of short-term vacation rentals. The situation is especially acute on the densely populated island of Oahu, where thousands of short-term rentals lacking the required county-issued permits have sprung up in once-quiet residential neighborhoods. Two measures are currently before the Honolulu City Council to impose greater controls, especially on non-owner-occupied home rentals.
Those who favor tougher regulation say the situation is not only disturbing the peace, but squeezing locals out of the housing market and even forcing some to move out of Hawaii altogether. The opposition, including Airbnb, maintain that the state’s tourism economy would be the loser if short-term rentals are truncated during a time when visitor numbers are rising and hotel growth is almost stagnant.
As the president of Hawaii’s ASTA chapter points out, it truly is a catch-22 situation, raising questions of how to balance the interests of all concerned.
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Hawaii Weighs Measures to Curb Airbnb: While Hawaii is not the only destination reeling from the impact of short-term rentals from Airbnb and other providers, its already sky-high housing prices and limited land make the problem especially acute. Regulatory measures to control the number of illegal rentals may provide some relief.
Royal Caribbean Sees Payoff From Expanding Its Fleet: It looks like 2019 is setting up to be Royal Caribbean’s year. The cruise company seemed almost baffled by how good its results were, with revenue increasing across the board.
Qantas to Levy Surcharges on Travel Agencies That Don’t Join Program Starting in August: In Australia, the New Distribution Capability is moving from a vague concept to an active business model as Qantas urges travel agents to sign up to a new channel with expanded content. Those who miss the June 30 deadline could lose out on some enhancements, but also face new fees for airline bookings.
IHG Talking to Its Hotel Owners on Plastics Problem: While there is still plenty to do, it’s good to see public companies — and the financial analysts who cover them — paying closer attention to the plastics problem.
Hilton Feels No Pressure From Marriott to Jump into Homesharing: Hilton is focusing on the same things as everyone else in hotels today: loyalty, technology, and marketing. But what about taking on Airbnb directly in homesharing? Don’t count on it anytime soon.
Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson Diagnosed With Pancreatic Cancer: Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson was diagnosed last week with Stage 2 pancreatic cancer. The 60-year-old executive will remain in his role while he undergoes treatment, the company said.
The Bird Man of Big Sur Helps This Resort’s Guests Connect With Nature: Antonio Balestreri’s work depends on how well he can educate guests on the role of raptors in the environment, something that gives his presentations a serious edge.
Event Planners See Opportunities Beyond Downtowns: Convention and visitors bureaus promote all corners of their destinations to entice both planners and conference attendees, using both technology and tried-and-true marketing methods.
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