April 21, 2017

Airbnb fires back at hotel industry


Airbnb is hitting back after the hotel industry touted its lobbying efforts against the online room-sharing service.

The company's head of policy, Christopher Lehane, accused hoteliers of price-gouging customers and called their fight against Airbnb a “campaign to punish the middle-class” in a letter Wednesday.

It's only the latest salvo in a long fight between Airbnb and the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA), which believes the startup is cutting into its business.

The fight escalated after the leak earlier this week of the AHLA's January board meeting minutes, obtained by The Hill and The New York Times, detailing the group's strategy to fight Airbnb.

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