June 24, 2016
“Well, first of all, I think if you look at Airbnb, it’s a platform that capitalizes on a sharing economy. There are different hosts that use this platform. There are people that might just want to rent out their spare bedroom every now and then. That’s the sharing economy. That’s not what the [hotel] industry is concerned about. We are more concerned about commercial operators that are operating full-time. They basically buy up apartment buildings and rent them out as hotels. That’s the one that we are more concerned about. So, I want to emphasize that we have nothing against a sharing economy, nothing really against Airbnb, per se. It’s the commercial operators that leverage a platform to circumvent all the health and safety protections that consumers should have or accessibility that consumers should have. They don’t pay the taxes. There’s power to destroy their needs. I think if there are regulations that require them to abide by all those requirements for commercial operators only. I think that would be a pretty good thing.”…
Source: https://skift.com/2016/06/24/best-western-ceo-on-airbnb-direct-bookings-and-virtual-reality/