It's obvious that states and cities throughout the U.S. are trying to find the right balance between welcoming the sharing economy and regulating it. It's still unclear whether laws like this streamline the experience for consumers or ignore community needs when it comes to short-term rentals.
While it's pretty clear that the hotel industry and Airbnb are at odds with one another, it's still obvious that more transparent data is sorely needed to understand the true impact of Airbnb and other home sharing platforms on cities and communities.
We've yet to see a state that's struck the right balance between simplifying standards — which is good — and letting communities decide what's best for their residents. Not all towns are created equal, as Florida (which has a similar law) has learned.
We're always impressed by Arizona's ability to get so many people to come to the desert.
If the NFL wants to guarantee the home team won't host the big game, they should just alternate between Oakland and Tampa Bay, Florida every other year.
A rebounding business travel market in the U.S. coupled with increased foreign arrivals are pushing passenger volume at U.S. airports to new records in 2014. But it's worth noting that Phoenix did so well in a month that began with prominent people pushing a boycott of Arizona for its anti-gay laws (before they were pulled back).
While the Pro Bowl may be good for Hawaii, these very ver optimistic numbers smack of Brand USA accounting rather than reality.
Yes, having a state that's the national short-hand for unwelcome and intolerant certainly does make tourism and trade more difficult.
If Arizona wanted to keep any of its already smaller conventions and meetings business it had to make sure this bill never became law.
Arizona has proven it has a knack for being on the wrong side of history in a way that really, really hurts its tourism industry. It's latest bone-headed move is par for the course.