Hotel executive says Airbnb and hotels should be on level playing field

Mar 11, 2016, 5:30 AM
A seven-bedroom, seven-bathroom home on Airbnb in April 2015 in Arizona was one of Frank Lloyd Wrig...
A seven-bedroom, seven-bathroom home on Airbnb in April 2015 in Arizona was one of Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpieces. (Airbnb Photo)
(Airbnb Photo)

PHOENIX — A bill that would clarify how the website Airbnb and similar online lodging websites do business in Arizona is currently in the State House.

The proposed law would create a system for the state and cities to collect taxes from those websites. It would also prevent municipalities from restricting usage of those sites.

“I always welcome competition as long as it’s on a level playing field,” said Bob Rauch, CEO of the Phoenix and San Diego-based hotel management company RAR Hospitality.

Rauch said hotels are accountable through rules and regulations, but so far, Airbnb is not. “I’d like to see either professional management or some type of training, and have some kind of accountability so that guests are safe.”

Rauch said Airbnb serves a purpose by providing additional units when hotels get filled during peak periods. But, he said, these units are unregulated, and, “it’s almost like they are out there in the frontier as cowboys.”

Senate Bill 1350 has passed the Senate. It is currently in the Arizona House.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Facebook Photo/Peixoto Coffee)...

Chandler-based Peixoto Coffee expands to new mixed-use development in Gilbert

Family-owned Peixoto Coffee opened Tuesday morning in Gilbert’s Epicenter at Agritopia near Ray and Higley roads.
10 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Rio Verde Fire District)...
Jim Cross

Prop 310 would create tax to help fund rural Arizona fire districts

Here are the pros and cons of Arizona's Prop 310, which would create a 0.1% statewide sales tax to help fund rural fire districts.
10 hours ago
(Facebook Photo)...

2 Arizona defense companies awarded contract worth nearly $1 billion

Two Arizona defense companies were awarded a nearly $1 billion cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for hypersonic missiles last week.
10 hours ago
(Pexels Photo)...
Kevin Stone

New Arizona law doubles duration of protective orders to 2 years

A new Arizona law that went into effect Saturday doubles the duration of protective orders from one year to two.
10 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Scottsdale Waterfront)...

Taste of Italy and Music festival coming to Scottsdale waterfront Oct. 15-16

For wine, panini and pizza fanatics in the Valley, a festival highlighting Italian culture is set to come next month. 
10 hours ago
Sponsored Content by Quantum Fiber

How high-speed fiber internet can improve everyday life

Quantum Fiber supplies unlimited data with speeds up to 940 mbps, enough to share 4K videos with coworkers 20 times faster than a cable.

Sponsored Articles

Mayo Clinic Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Why your student-athlete’s physical should be conducted by a sports medicine specialist

Dr. Anastasi from Mayo Clinic Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Tempe answers some of the most common questions.
Dr. Richard Carmona

Great news: Children under 5 can now get COVID-19 vaccine

After more than two years of battle with an invisible killer, we can now vaccinate the youngest among us against COVID-19. This is great news.
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Most plumbing problems can be fixed with regular maintenance

Instead of waiting for a problem to happen, experts suggest getting a head start on your plumbing maintenance.
Hotel executive says Airbnb and hotels should be on level playing field