There are signs that some hotel CEOs are beginning to view Airbnb as more of a direct competitor, if not a threat, and this article quotes the views of a number of them, about Airbnb and its ongoing battle with the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA).

Those referenced include Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts CEO J. Allen Smith; Public New York hotelier Ian Schrager, who’s often been quoted as saying Airbnb is a “mortal threat” to the hotel industry; Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson on a level playng field; Hyatt CEO Mark Hoplamazian on the impact on housing; Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi on regulation; AccorHotels CEO Sebastien Bazin on the need for transparency; Best Western CEO David Kong on regulations for the public good; Loews Hotels CEO Jonathan Tisch on safety and security; Preferred Hotel Group CEO Lindsey Ueberroth on the impact on his workforce; Dream Hotel Group CEO Jay Stein on Airbnb’s small impact; Meininger Hotel Group CEO Hannes Spanring on Airbnb as a positive disruptor; Red Lion Hotels CMO Bill Linehan on Airbnb as a direct competitor to OTAs.

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