Marriott International and Airbnb have traded blows over recent comments made by Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson about the home-sharing company fighting regulatory action, countered by Josh Meltzer, Airbnb’s head of public policy, saying Sorenson is “unwilling and unable to defend your industry’s longstanding commitment to price gouging consumers, depressing wages and replacing workers with robots”.

He has accused the American Hotel & Lodging Association of launching “a series of misleading advertisements regarding safety and security” and alleges Marriott received $1.73 billion in taxpayer subsidies over nine years. Further public accusations from the AHLA include that Airbnb fails to conduct full background checks on hosts and guests, and shields illegal commercial operators from law enforcement.

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