Veteran hotelier Ian Schrager, usually described as the founder of the boutique hotel and seen as a disruptor in his time, has criticised the hotel industry’s attempt to fight Airbnb through legislation instead of focusing on developing communal spaces – because Airbnb “can’t do it.”

At the Expedia Partner Conference in Las Vegas Schrager said the hotel industry is in denial about Airbnb’s impact, and should out-innovate Airbnb by developing the shared areas which younger travellers are seeking.

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