Records: Portland spent $1,100 per night for aide’s hotel
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Documents show that Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler's office billed city taxpayers $1,123 a night for an aide's hotel accommodations while at a conference in Texas, in likely...
Airbnb settles discrimination suit brought by black women
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Airbnb has settled a lawsuit brought by several Oregon women who said the site allowed vacation rental owners to discriminate against customers based on race.
Hajj trip may help Christchurch mosque victims heal
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The scars from the nine bullets the gunman fired into Temel Atacocugu run down his left side like knotty rope. But it's the recurring mental images from that day...
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Vacation rental registrations have been coming in to Hawaii County faster than workers can process them as the county implements a new law.
FRISCO, Colo. (AP) — The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled that online travel companies do not have to pay accommodation and sales taxes in the ski resort town of Breckenridge.
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers eager to gather tax revenue from the state's flourishing, yet mostly unpermitted, vacation rental sector on Tuesday passed legislation that would require websites...
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on vacation rental tax bills before the Hawaii Legislature (all times local):
Hawaii lawmakers have passed legislation that would require websites...
Inside the battle to host the 2020 Democratic convention
WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaders in three major cities are in a last-minute scramble to win the 2020 Democratic National Convention, an event that could funnel millions of dollars into the local economy...
Watchdog: 4 Mar-a-Lago trips in 2017 cost taxpayers $14m
NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's four trips to his Mar-a-Lago resort in early 2017 cost taxpayers nearly $14 million, a watchdog report Tuesday said.
The Government Accountability Office said travel and accommodations, Secret Service expenses, deployment of bomb-sniffing dogs and other costs for the trips between February 3 and March 5 in 2017 tallied to $13.6 million. About $60,000 of the tab went directly to Mar-a-Lago.
New rental tax worries some shore renters, homeowners
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A new tax in New Jersey on short-term lodging such as Airbnb rentals is rattling some property owners and renters who worry that it could deal a blow to the state's multi-billion dollar shore tourism industry by pushing people to consider other destinations.
Mississippi zoo now accommodates those with sensory needs
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A zoo in Mississippi now provides equipment such as fidget tools and noise-canceling headphones to visitors with sensory needs.
State: Park lodge destroyed by fire in 2016 to be replaced
LOGAN, Ohio (AP) — State officials say a state park dining lodge in southeastern Ohio that was destroyed by fire in 2016 will be replaced with an updated facility.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says the new facility replacing the former day lodge and dining hall at Hocking Hills State Park will include overnight lodging, a conference center and dining and day-use accommodations.
The department said in a release that the new facility will be built where the former day lodge once stood.
Hotel restaurant reopens at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A restaurant operating at a hotel in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has resumed kitchen service after shutting down when the park closed in May.
Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports Volcano House Hotel relaunched its dinner service at The Rim restaurant Thursday after months of closure due to the Kilauea volcano eruption and resulting seismic activity at the Big Island park.
RIGHT AT HOME: Preparing a swoon-worthy vacation rental
If you're thinking of listing your home as a vacation rental, have a listen to what travelers say makes a space inviting and welcoming, and what's a turnoff.
For starters, amenities and cleanliness matter.
"I would have loved better sheets and towels as well as decent soap and amenities," says Carol VanderKloot of New York, who was underwhelmed by a recent Michigan rental.
Businesses, others push for reopening of Jefferson Pools
HOT SPRINGS, Va. (AP) — The Vine Cottage Inn, with its white trim and idyllic wraparound porch, was a dream come true for Dave and Tammy Hahn.
She had aspired to run an inn since age 16. And two years ago, Tammy Hahn and her husband set their sights on the Hot Springs area and the 113-year-old inn, which they purchased in April.
Hawaii petitions court to subpoena Airbnb rental records
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii is seeking to find vacation rental owners who aren't paying taxes by getting Airbnb to turn over rental records.
Hawaii News Now reports the state Department of Taxation filed a court petition last week to serve an administrative subpoena on Airbnb for rental documents dating back to 2008.
- The Herald-DispatchA murder mystery getaway to take place at Stonewall ResortMarch 23, 2019
- Daily Times-CallCity Council Approves Contract with Visit LongmontFebruary 28, 2019
- The Herald-DispatchHotel will benefit businessesOctober 27, 2018
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Maui’s tourism plan to discourage illegal vacation rentals
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Maui officials have begun implementing a 10-year tourism strategic plan that includes efforts to discourage visitors from staying in illegal vacation rentals.
The Maui News reports the county's Office of Economic Development and the Maui Visitors Bureau are developing a messaging plan geared for visitors to dissuade booking illegal vacation rentals.
Outside Quebec City’s wall, a waterfall and more enticements
QUEBEC CITY (AP) — It's what's inside the historic wall of Quebec City that makes people want to visit. It's what's outside that makes people want to stay.
Quebec City’s enticing tableau beyond the wall
QUEBEC CITY (AP) — It's what's inside the historic wall of Quebec City that makes people want to visit. It's what's outside that makes people want to stay.
Airbnb seeing growth in business travel
Business travelers are increasingly booking stays through Airbnb and other home-sharing sites.
Airbnb said Monday that nearly 700,000 companies have signed up and booked rooms through its business travel portal, almost triple the number since last year.
Airbnb says 15 percent of its travel nights booked are for business travelers. That compares with 20 percent for Booking.com, which includes homes and hotels on its site.
BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — A scenic stretch of Highway 1 in a popular tourist area along the California coast reopened to traffic Wednesday, more than a year after it was blocked by a massive landslide, officials said.
The newly built, two-lane stretch of road in Big Sur opened two days ahead of schedule, the California Department of Transportation said.
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige plans to veto legislation that would expand the state's hotel tax.
Ige said Tuesday he would reject the bill, which would have applied the Transient Accommodations Tax on resort fees charged by hotels. The tax currently covers lodging at hotels and other short-term stays.
Ige says vague language in the bill could lead to the tax being applied to restaurants, spas and other businesses inside hotels. The governor last month announced he may veto the legislation.
Hawaii governor may veto bill expanding hotel tax
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige says he may veto a bill that would apply the state's hotel tax to resort fees.
The Transient Accommodations Tax is currently applied to charges for staying in hotel rooms and other short-term rentals.
Ige says the legislation's vague language could require restaurants in hotels to pay the tax but exempt restaurants outside hotels.
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii visitors already pay the highest rate in the nation for a hotel room, according to a recent report.
That rate could soon increase after state lawmakers passed a bill that could apply transient accommodations tax to virtually any lodging business transaction, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported .
Hawaii visitor support agency to hold fundraiser
HONOLULU (AP) — The Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii, or VASH, a nonprofit agency that responds to Hawaii visitors in distress, is in need of more resources to meet growing demands.
- Business WireM2O GLOBAL PTE Launches Hotel Booking Service Connecting 600,000 Hotels Worldwide with M2O CoinsSeptember 11, 2019
- Business WireHotel JAL City Tokyo Toyosu Starts Taking ReservationsSeptember 2, 2019
- ACCESSWIREOnline Travel Marketplace for People with Disabilities Launches to Empower Adventure for AllAugust 26, 2019
- Globe NewswireWeConvene And Priceline Announce A Platform Collaboration, Delivering Integrated Travel Deals And Booking Solutions To WeConvene’s Event Management ClientsAugust 8, 2019
- Globe NewswireOsprey Pointe at Sandestin, the Area’s Newest Vacation Condominiums, Now Taking Reservations beginning March 1, 2020July 9, 2019
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A Maui committee has approved a charter amendment that would increase the penalty for illegal vacation rentals to $20,000.
The Maui County Council committee voted Tuesday in favor of the measure that increases the fine for illegal transient accommodations and tacks on $10,000 for each day the unlawful operation continues, The Maui News reported .
KENAI, Alaska (AP) — The Kenai Peninsula Borough is considering asking voters to approve a 12 percent sales tax on temporary lodging after officials have voted down variations of bed taxes twice in the past year.
Plan your Mexican getaway before May to get the most for your money, according to Zachary Rabinor, the founder and chief executive of Journey Mexico.
“Mexico is coming off its peak tourist season, and hotels, tour operators and restaurants lower prices to bring in more business,” Rabinor said.
Now is the best time to take your pets and find new places to explore! The pet friendly options in today’s world are widespread, and there are many that will not only meet your needs but will also go above and beyond to meet your pet’s needs. This hospitality can make your travels go more smoothly and make them much more fun!
When it comes time to decide where to take a trip, there are plenty of places to choose from both close to home and afar. Making it all the more complicated when planning is the plethora of options for travel, accommodations, food, experiences and much more.
The costs can pile up, and suddenly the burden of the financial baggage of a vacation becomes more than what the family plans to carry along in their luggage.
Number of homeless spikes on Cape Cod
HYANNIS, Mass. (AP) — The number of homeless people on Cape Cod and the Islands has jumped in the past year.
Scott Pruitt condemned by federal ethics office, which calls for EPA investigation
The federal government's ethics watchdog says that "extremely concerning reports" about Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt's living accommodations, travel habits and handling of subordinates who disagree with him warrant a full and immediate investigation.
You’d think the Vanderbilts and Rockefellers of the world would have been happy to entertain in their lavish mansions. But at the turn of the 20th century, as trains and cars replaced horses and buggies, American society extended the radius of how far it was willing to go for a good party.
Scott Pruitt says implementing Trump agenda at EPA has critics ‘infuriated’
Embattled EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt fired back at critics Wednesday and said controversies over his travel and living accommodations are being used as weapons to distract from the progress he's made implementing President Trump's agenda.
Many are making plans to travel in 2018, and there are so many options for senior citizens.
For example, there are group travel options just for women, those traveling alone, couples expeditions, educational tours, small group trips, low-cost tours, and general tours that draw a host of different people. But whatever option chosen, one thing remains the same. You will meet interesting people, make new friends, explore new lands and have a good time.
House Finance boosts neighbor island share of hotel tax
HONOLULU (AP) — The House Finance Committee wants to give more hotel tax revenue to neighbor island counties.
The committee on Thursday voted unanimously to boost the Big Island's share of transient accommodations tax revenue to $31 million from $19 million. Maui County's share would go up to $38 million from $23 million.
Kauai County's share would rise to $24 million from $15 million.
COLUMBUS – Although most hotels' operations are sustained through tourism, hotels in the Columbus area look to local businesses, conventions and sporting events for revenue.
Due to Columbus’ scarcity of tourism attractions, it can be tough for hotels to attract guests, which is why most guests staying in these hotels consist of corporate people and traveling sporting teams.
Proposal would regulate vacation rentals on Big Island
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A bill that would regulate vacation rentals on the Big Island has drawn interest from part-time residents who rent out their homes and condos to help pay the bills.
Supporters say regulation is needed to keep residential neighborhoods from being overrun with vacationers, West Hawaii Today reported .
Italian-themed Gervasi Vineyard resort plans major expansion in Canton
CANTON, Ohio – Gervasi Vineyard, a favorite romantic getaway for Northeast Ohioans, plans a major expansion this year.
The Tuscan-themed resort, which currently includes 24 overnight suites, three restaurants and a winery, will add a boutique hotel and distillery, to open in late 2018 or early 2019. Construction will start this spring.
1. A quick-dry towel that'll come in handy when budget accommodations don't have a towel at the ready. I’ve stayed at many hostels where there are either no towels available or it costs $15 to use one. Instead of breaking my budget just to ensure I stay fresh and clean, I pack a quick-dry towel. These towels are nothing short of magical. They fold up really thin, making them easily packable, and they’re made out of microfiber so they dry super quickly (within two hours or so). I usually bring a small and large — one for the shower and one that's useful for outdoor activities.
A Jan. 8 letter to the editor expressed concern about the wellbeing of Meadow Lane residents who have been temporarily relocated while their apartments are being renovated. After speaking directly to the concerned individual to explain our relocation program, we are happy to report that he and his family are satisfied with the arrangements. As the owner, LHP Capital also wants readers to know that the residents are being provided great service and fair housing.
January is a popular time to start filling up those new, clean calendars. As families look at the approaching spring break, holiday weekends and summer vacation, now is the time to start reserving campsites, hotels and rental homes.
Over the past few years (although it just had it’s 10-year birthday), Airbnb climbed its way up to becoming a way of travel for everyone and anyone — not just the risk-takers and adventurists.
Stamford pet-care center touts ‘Four Seasons’ experience
STAMFORD — Four-legged guests at 184 Selleck St. do not have to worry about cramped conditions. The management aims to deliver five-star accommodations.
The new Spot On Veterinary Hospital & Hotel, near the Stamford-Greenwich border, is billing itself as a high-end destination for dogs and cats. Owner and veterinarian Philip Putter says the focus on top amenities will not only bring in customers, but result in healthier and happier pets.
Motel-free Oregon town eyes bed tax
OAKLAND, Ore. (AP) — The city of Oakland, Oregon, has given preliminary approval to a tax on motels.
But the bed tax won't generate any money. The small town in southwestern Oregon has no motels or accommodations — except for a one-room, online vacation rental.
Mayor Bette Keehley says the city is not going to levy the tax against that rental unit until the state firms up regulations for Airbnb-type establishments.
There are no motels yet, but the city of Oakland is enacting a bed tax just in case.
The Oakland City Council voted to place an 8 percent transient occupancy tax ordinance on first reading at a special meeting Wednesday, Mayor Bette Keehley said.
Shane Acres offers rural retreat: Bed and breakfast close to everything, miles from ordinary
JUNEAU — “Escape to the middle of nowhere and listen to the grass grow: Or, come in wintertime and catch some snowflakes on your tongue.”
So reads the invitation to stay at Shane Acres Country Inn south of Juneau.
The building at N4589 Primrose Lane started as a private home when it was constructed in 1978, and now offers B&B accommodation on four acres.
Florida Keys attraction and resort reopen following Irma
ISLAMORADA, Fla. (AP) — A resort and a major attraction are reopening about three months after Hurricane Irma slammed into the Florida Keys.
Tourists can return to Islamorada's Amara Cay Resort and Marathon's Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters on Friday.
The Keys reopened to visitors Oct. 1, and most tourism facilities in less-affected Key Largo and Key West quickly recovered. But many properties elsewhere in the Keys were significantly impacted.