The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #01955

Submission Number:
01955
Commenter:
Loretta Hoffmann
Organization:
HudsonAreaLodging
State:
New York
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
Dear FTC, Please accept the attached document for your consideration at the "Sharing Economy Workshop, Project No. P15-1200" scheduled for June 9th, 2015. I sincerely apologize for missing the May 26th deadline. Unfortunately I had not been made aware of this opportunity in time to respond earlier then today. I consider myself a Tourism Advocate. Three years ago I created Hudson Area Lodging (HAL) which currently represents 22 B&Bs in and around Hudson, NY. Last year I helped 1200 visitors who called the 800 number find available legitimate lodging and helped my fellow Innkeepers fill some of their empty rooms. As a former board member on the Columbia County Lodging Association fulfilling the duties of Secretary, Website Coordinator, Vice President in charge of Marketing and President over a six year span. I keenly understand the legalities of operating a legitimate lodging business and the challenges as I also own and Inn-keep at Changing Times B&B. In my comments I explain how AirBNB's advertising of "Knock-off BNBs" as the "real thing" is effecting the safety of unsuspecting visitors, creating financial problems for municipalities, influencing real estate prices creating an affordable housing crisis and why the elimination of legitimate B&Bs will negatively effect Tourism. It would have been my honor to attend in person and to participate in your workshop and sincerely regret not being able to do so first hand. Thank you for scheduling this workshop and considering the facts I've presented during your discussions. Respectfully, Loretta Hoffmann Tourism Advocate