Articles tagged “lobbying”

U.S. Airlines and Railroads Battle Local Laws That Require Them To Offer Sick Pay

U.S. Airlines and Railroads Battle Local Laws That Require Them To Offer Sick Pay

Jeff Green, Bloomberg

Paid sick leave for airline and railroad companies whose employees routinely cross state borders ought to be a matter of U.S. federal law. But don't hold your breath that national standardization of any kind will happen soon.

2 months ago

Why the Hotel Lobby Is the Perfect Antidote to Airbnb

Why the Hotel Lobby Is the Perfect Antidote to Airbnb

Colin Nagy, Skift

The power of a great lobby is a huge differentiator in hospitality. Hotels shouldn't forget its power. In fact, they should double down.

4 months ago

Uber Boosts Its D.C. Lobbying Spend Under CEO Dara Khosrowshahi

Uber Boosts Its D.C. Lobbying Spend Under CEO Dara Khosrowshahi

Naomi Nix, Bloomberg

CEO Dara Khosrowshahi inherited a slew of problems when he joined Uber as CEO last year. So it's no surprise the money it spends for lobbying in Washington is on the rise. But half a million dollars a quarter is still paltry compared to what other technology giants shell out. Lots of work remains to repair Uber's tarnished image, and that means more dollars will need to be spent in the nation's capital.

4 months ago

Airbnb Lobbying Contributed to Its Cuba Win as Hotels Came Up Short

Airbnb Lobbying Contributed to Its Cuba Win as Hotels Came Up Short

Olivia Zaleski, Bloomberg

While the U.S. hotel industry took its lumps when the Trump administration revised U.S. Cuba policy in November, Airbnb spent $250,000 to lobby everyone from the Senate to the National Security Council and got a concession to maintain the viability of U.S. travelers staying in Airbnb rentals on the island. The company's lobbyists even worked with disgraced former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.

6 months ago

How Online Travel Agency Lobbyists Helped Kill Florida Hotel Tax Lawsuit

How Online Travel Agency Lobbyists Helped Kill Florida Hotel Tax Lawsuit

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Lobbying firm Dickstein Shapiro tells prospective clients: "State AGs are the new sheriffs in town. Do you know them? We do. Sophisticated lawyering. Unparalleled relationships." It all seems to have paid off in Florida.

4 years ago

New York Legislator Explains What a Legal Rental Is to Airbnb Lobbyists

New York Legislator Explains What a Legal Rental Is to Airbnb Lobbyists

Jason Clampet, Skift

You can really like Airbnb and the effect it has had on how we travel while not supporting the rule breaking that happens in cities like New York. But it's very hard to appreciate a deep-pocketed astroturfing campaign that tries to pretend it is grassroots-driven.

5 years ago

Hotels get revenue boost turning lobbies into co-working spaces

Hotels get revenue boost turning lobbies into co-working spaces

Hotels may have found a way to capitalize on this free and sought after space, but enterprising guests that have held lobby meetings for years will be surprised to find an extra fee.

5 years ago

Most of the $5 million spent on hotel improvements this year went to lobby renovations

Most of the $5 million spent on hotel improvements this year went to lobby renovations

Spending is up again as rates and occupancy levels are the highest they’ve been in years, but the focus on lobby design means hotels are most concerned with their first impressions and brand identity.

6 years ago

Travel industry to lobby the lobbyists and pols at GOP and Democratic conventions

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Vote Travel, yes, but don't do it blindly. It's great the U.S. Travel Association is out there trying to influence the influencers, but the industry needs to be candid when federal agencies act as if they don't have any spending caps on their meetings.

6 years ago

SkiftDesign: Westin introduces Vertical Gardens for lobby oasis

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Westin's Vertical Gardens aren't a substitute for a balcony with an ocean view and they won't solve the presentation or meeting that didn't go well, but the hotel chain is on the right track with its new lobby design.

6 years ago