Articles tagged “lobbying”

Online Travel

Airbnb’s Supposed Independent Host Clubs Are Run by the Company: New Report

Airbnb's stealthy financing and leadership of supposedly grassroots host clubs around the world to pursue the short-term rental giant's advocacy agenda may be an effective tactic, but it furthers a false narrative about the nature of the company, and it is a blotch on its reputation.

Airbnb’s Supposed Independent Host Clubs Are Run by the Company: New Report

Airlines

U.S. Airlines Will Get $25 Billion Payroll Aid If Key Lawmakers Have Their Way

If U.S. federal lawmakers come through and extend a $25 billion payroll assistance program for U.S. airlines, tens of thousands of airline employees may avoid furloughs on October 1.

U.S. Airlines Will Get $25 Billion Payroll Aid If Key Lawmakers Have Their Way

Business Travel

Travel Advisors Will Lobby Sometimes-Clueless Politicians

Contributions to the American Society of Travel Advisors’ political action committee are up this year, indicating growing awareness of the value of political advocacy. Making politicians aware of the particular needs of travel agencies — something many have little understanding of — is crucial.

Travel Advisors Will Lobby Sometimes-Clueless Politicians

Business Travel

Would Tax Law Proposals Kill Travel Agencies in Some States?

As states look for new sources of tax revenue in the service-driven economy, businesses like travel agencies are viewed as likely targets. Part of the problem is ignorance among legislators of how agencies operate and why added taxes would be devastating for many.

Would Tax Law Proposals Kill Travel Agencies in Some States?

Business Travel

How Travel Agent Trade Group Fought Its Way Back From Near-Extinction

These travel advisors have a certain swagger about them these days. Their U.S. trade association, the newly named American Society of Travel Advisors, is now back among the living, and has the challenge of keeping things moving in the right direction.

How Travel Agent Trade Group Fought Its Way Back From Near-Extinction

Tourism

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

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.

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

Hotels

Why the Hotel Lobby Is the Perfect Antidote to Airbnb

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

Why the Hotel Lobby Is the Perfect Antidote to Airbnb

Rental Cars

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

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.

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

Hotels

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

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.

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

Online Travel

How Online Travel Agency Lobbyists Helped Kill Florida Hotel Tax Lawsuit

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.

How Online Travel Agency Lobbyists Helped Kill Florida Hotel Tax Lawsuit