The Hotel Association of New York City has launched a $500,000 TV advertisement accusing Airbnb of recklessness around security standards, challenging its refusal to provide addresses to officials in New York City while doing so in other cities.

The ad references the recent Manchester bombing as an example of renting accommodation without proper security measures in place, even though media coverage has indicated that the apartment the bomber rented was not affiliated with Airbnb.

Airbnb denounced the ad as “an outrageous scare tactic by big hotels” which the Association has called “faux outrage, nothing else,” and has defended the ad as a bid for a level playing field with other cities around homeshare.

Read more:

Tagged with →