ALBANY — New York Metropolis’s lodge business is about to ship its harshest assault but on Airbnb.
An advert set to start airing Monday raises safety considerations concerning the common home-sharing website, and even references the current Manchester, England, bombing.
It cites media protection that bomber Salman Abedi used a short-term rental condominium he discovered via an area on-line actual property agent and had “large packages” despatched to him at that location — which was not an Airbnb unit.
“Are you in danger?” textual content within the advert reads.
The advert, which has no voices, simply ominous music and textual content, goes on to state that Airbnb has refused to offer the addresses of the 40,000 metropolis flats it lists on its website to regulation enforcement, regardless that it does so in cities resembling Chicago, San Francisco and New Orleans.
The advert ends by asking, “So who’s in your constructing? Airbnb gained’t say.”
It lists a telephone quantity to register complaints towards the corporate with a message to “get up for NY’s security and safety.”
Paid for by the Lodge Affiliation of New York Metropolis and a lodge staff union, the roughly half-million-dollar advert purchase will run for 10 days in prime morning and night spots on main cable networks in New York Metropolis like CNN, MSNBC and Fox Information, and through Yankees and Mets video games, these concerned say.
Airbnb spokesman Peter Schottenfels ripped the advert as “an outrageous scare tactic by huge motels who themselves have an extended historical past of lodging individuals who interact in acts of terror.”
Among the many examples he cited have been terrorists concerned within the Sept. 11, 2001, assaults in New York Metropolis and in 2015 in Paris, who stayed in inns.
“The very fact is Airbnb had nothing to do with the tragic occasions in Manchester and we’re one of many solely hospitality corporations that runs background checks on all U.S. residents, each hosts and visitors,” Schottenfels stated.
“Lodge CEOs have a duty to inform us why they don’t do the identical and why they proceed to fund this type of despicable, cynical promoting.”
The anti-Airbnb advert doesn’t point out laws the lodge business is backing that might require advertisements on home-sharing websites to incorporate full location particulars, like road identify, road quantity, condominium quantity, borough, city and county of the unit being provided.
“It’s essential that enforcement businesses have entry to deal with info to make sure that Airbnb and different short-term leases adjust to the legal guidelines designed to guard reasonably priced housing, and the security of residents, visitors and communities,” stated invoice sponsor Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan).