The hotel industry has been struggling for years to compete with Airbnb and other online-only services, and many of its members are feeling the pinch.
The industry’s chief executive, Howard Litt, said he is working to keep the hotel market competitive with Airbnb.
But he said some of the companies that are competing are getting hurt.
“They’re in a pretty vulnerable position,” Litt said.
Airbnb, which has grown from a niche site in New York City to a multi-billion-dollar business in more than 50 countries, is the largest hotel booking service in the United States and Europe. “
I’m looking for ways to support the hotel community.”
Airbnb, which has grown from a niche site in New York City to a multi-billion-dollar business in more than 50 countries, is the largest hotel booking service in the United States and Europe.
Litt says Airbnb’s business model is based on providing an easy-to-use platform to people who want to rent a room or two in an urban area.
It also offers a suite of benefits that include a flat rate of $2 per night, a 30-day cancellation policy and an ability to book a room with a deposit of $150,000.
But critics say those perks don’t cover the costs of the accommodation itself, which is the most common cost to businesses that use the service.
Airbnb and the hotel business say their services are necessary to keep businesses afloat, and that the industry needs to compete against online businesses to stay afloat.
Airbnb hosts who use its platform must pay a fee to the company and are required to post their home addresses online.
And Airbnb hosts are required by law to register with the city.
Litte said Airbnb is committed to keeping its services affordable to people living in high-cost cities, and he says that’s a priority for the company.
“We’ve had a very clear commitment to that over the past year and a half,” he said.
In fact, the company said it spent more than $500,000 in 2014 to help low-income people stay in their homes while they worked.
“It is important to me that we do everything we can to continue to provide services that people want,” Litte told CBC News in an interview.
Lett said he hopes to see a change in the hotel lobby in Ottawa by the end of the year, and said he believes he can work with other hoteliers and other cities to get that change.
“There’s a lot of momentum for us,” he added.
Airbnb is not the only company that is struggling in the hospitality industry.
Last year, the Canadian Hotel and Lodging Association reported a $1.2-billion drop in revenue, or about 10 per cent of the industry’s total revenue.
The CLLA said hotel guests are seeing fewer nights of hotel accommodations than they did two years ago.
The association said the industry was hurt by a slowdown in hotel construction, declining occupancy rates and a sharp rise in Airbnb use, which increased significantly last year.
Airbnb also has faced some backlash from some members of the hotel sector.
A survey of nearly 2,000 hotel industry members by the Hotel and Tourism Board of Canada last year found that two-thirds of respondents were unhappy with Airbnb, while a majority of those who said they use the platform are dissatisfied with the industry.
“People are saying, ‘Well, you don’t even give people who rent rooms a fair chance,'” said Mike Sturgess, the board’s executive director.
“Some people are saying to us, ‘Oh, well, the hotel should have the hotel’s best interests at heart, but they don’t have the best interests of the people who use your platform.'”