Ah&la urges level playing field at FTC ‘sharing economy’ workshop

Published on : Wednesday, June 10, 2015

download (1)The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) participated in today’s Federal Trade Commission (FTC) “Sharing Economy” Workshop aimed at exploring the relationship between competition, consumer safety, economic growth and regulation. Senior Vice President and head of Governmental Affairs, Vanessa Sinders, joined a panel discussion with representatives from Airbnb, NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission, Uber and National League of Cities.

 

AH&LA’s Sinders focused on the importance of leveling the playing field to ensure consumer safety and uphold competition, saying that all market players in the lodging business should abide by commonsense laws and regulations that protect the health, safety and well-being of their guests.

 

Sinders said, in part: “Our industry remains successful because our members embrace a highly competitive business model where everyone plays by the same rules. And that is what we are here today to discuss. Right now there is an un-level playing field that is compromising consumer safety, endangering the character and security of residential neighborhoods around the country, and changing the housing market in some negative ways.”

 

Please read the full text of Ms. Sinders’ opening remarks below:

 

Good afternoon. I’m Vanessa Sinders with the American Hotel & Lodging Association. We represent the entire hotel industry across the United States.

 

From traditional bed and breakfasts, small properties, and independent hotels, to the big brand companies and major ownership groups.

 

Competition is a hallmark of the lodging industry. We welcome it. It makes us better and stronger. Competition drives growth, more jobs, innovation, new technologies, and new models on how to better serve our guests. And as one of the most competitive industries out there, we see this every day.

 

And it’s a great time to be in the hotel business. We are experiencing dynamic growth and opportunity.

 

Our industry is responsible for 1.8 million jobs in communities across America and has been one of the few bright spots of job creation during the recent economic recovery.

 

We have also contributed billions of dollars to local, state and federal coffers. Last year alone, we generated $134 billion in federal, state, and local tax revenue.

 

Our industry remains successful because our members embrace a highly competitive business model where everyone plays by the same rules. And that is what we are here today to discuss. Right now there is an un-level playing field that is compromising consumer safety, endangering the character and security of residential neighborhoods around the country, and changing the housing market in some negative ways.

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