Our In Focus conversation this weekend is on regulations for short-term rentals, like those listed on Airbnb. JoDee Kenney spoke with Mark Dorr, President of the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association, who highlighted the current regulations for hotels, motels and bed and breakfast operators in New York. He said a bill, sponsored by State Senator Hinchey, which passed this session, would bring short-term rentals more in line with safety regulations both on the property and in their community. When it comes to tax revenue, Dorr said the short-term rental industry can generate $5 million per day across New York, and regulation would ensure municipalities see their fair share. He said, the hospitality industry is only looking to level the playing field when it comes to regulation, and regardless of where guests stay, those visits can generate up to a 7:1 economic impact.
You can watch the full interview with New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association President Mark Dorr via the video player above. And be sure to tune in for a look inside the biggest issues impacting Upstate New York, on In Focus with JoDee Kenney — every Sunday on Spectrum News 1.