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Source: Washington Post

Political contests erupt as cities and hotel industry struggle to curb Airbnb

Tuesday 15:27 GMT

“The real story over the last year or year and a half seems to be the hotel industry waking up to the fact that Airbnb poses a much bigger threat to their business than they originally imagined,” said Arun Sundararajan, a business professor at New York University.

“We’re encouraged to see places like San Diego, Boston and New York moving forward with regulations holding Airbnb and their counterparts accountable for fostering illegal hotel activity, which is really affecting quality of neighborhoods and housing affordability across the country,” said Troy Flanagan, vice president of the American Hotel and Lodging Association.

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