Crain’s New York Business News – De Blasio ramps up Airbnb enforcement

April 26, 2017 Mayor budgets $1.6 million for more inspectors to crack down on illegal hotels Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to expand a citywide crackdown on illegal short-term rentals, pumping an extra $2.9 million into the effort over the next two fiscal years. The city's Office of Special Enforcement [...]

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New York Times – Inside the Hotel Industry’s Plan to Combat Airbnb featuring President and CEO Vijay Dandapani

April 16, 2017 SAN FRANCISCO — Last year, Airbnb underwent a rough regulatory patch. The short-term rental company became a Federal Trade Commission target last summer after three senators asked for an investigation into how companies like Airbnb affect soaring housing costs. In October, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New [...]

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Extreme Vetting Will Badly Damage American Tourism

April 11, 2017 Subjecting foreign visitors to deeply intrusive processes likely will cause tourists to look for alternative locales. While some experts rightly note that it is unclear whether “extreme vetting” measures for visitors to the U.S. will improve security, there is no acknowledgment of the potential negative consequences to [...]

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Hotel Association of NYC Names Niki Franzitta New VP of Member Relations & Development

NEW YORK -- The Hotel Association of New York City today announced the selection of Niki Franzitta as its new Vice President of Member Relations and Development. A veteran labor relations attorney with substantial experience in the hotel industry, Ms. Franzitta will focus on growing the Association’s membership base and [...]

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Featured Employee

Jane Q. Sample The Featured Employee Page recognizes outstanding individuals of our member hotels. This is a great opportunity to bring public recognition to the approximately 50,000 employees the Association represents. Our aim is to shine some light on the employees our hotels depend on. The featured [...]

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OP-ED by President and CEO Vijay Dandapani

February 28, 2017 Megaprojects, Javits expansion will keep NYC competitive Other U.S. cities are making major pushes for the tourists our economy relies on With New York's safer streets, dynamic cultural institutions and rapidly changing neighborhoods like Hudson Yards, more people want to visit the city than ever before. From [...]

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Travel Ban – Featuring HANYC President and CEO Vijay Dandapani

February 8, 2017 President Donald Trump’s travel ban issued late last month might have come at the worst possible moment for an industry that is already struggling to keep its head above water: New York’s hotel business. Long before Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order that read to many travelers around [...]

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CBS New York – Late Night App – Featuring HANYC Chairman and President-Elect Vijay Dandapani

September 16, 2016 NEW YORK (CBS New York) – Click Here to Watch – We’re all becoming accustomed to getting what we want with the touch of an app. From car service to a grocery delivery, our daily needs really require no advanced planning. Now it’s possible to book an [...]

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Op-ed by Chairman and President-Elect Vijay Dandapani on Airbnb

August 30, 2016 If you are to tell a lie, make it a big one and repeat it often, is a mantra of many an absolutist regime. Alas, that applies all too often to many businesses. Few epitomize that dictum better than the illegal hotel rental platform Airbnb. That certainly [...]

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Albuquerque Journal – Joel Jacobson: Jim Crow might creep past tough Airbnb policies

August 8, 2016 During the years of Jim Crow, an entrepreneur named Victor H. Green published an annually updated directory called “The Negro Travelers’ Green Book” (or variations on that title). Organized by state and town, it listed places where black motorists could spend the night or grab a bite [...]

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