A full on pitched battle against crony capitalism. The hotels and the taxi cabs are trying to regulate the sharing economy away.
A no quarter environment. (So to speak.)
On Monday, Airbnb’s head of public policy Josh Meltzer sent a letter to Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson, asking him to explain to Americans “your industry’s habit of taking billions of dollars from taxpayers to subsidize the construction and operation of your hotels.”
The letter, a copy of which CNBC obtained, follows a Fortune interviewwith Sorenson last week. In it, Sorenson was asked if he thinks Airbnb has become more willing to make concessions or cooperate with regulators.
“I don’t know that I see that they’re more willing to concede,” Sorenson answered. “They’re spending a lot of money on government affairs and they’re playing pretty aggressive. I’ve had letters from Airbnb directly, demanding my response about some charge, I don’t even know what it is, within hours. That’s pretty aggressive, and I’m not going to respond to that.”…
…Earlier this year, an internal American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) document was leaked, detailing the hotel industry’s plans for limiting the growth of short-term rentals and the platforms that enable them, naming Airbnb as a threat. Marriott, Hilton and Hyatt are members of the group.