Vacation Rentals – Guide Global http://guideglobal.com/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 23:31:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://guideglobal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/default1.png Vacation Rentals – Guide Global http://guideglobal.com/ 32 32 Frisco City Council approves short-term rental excise tax ordinance at 1st reading https://guideglobal.com/frisco-city-council-approves-short-term-rental-excise-tax-ordinance-at-1st-reading/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 21:00:00 +0000 https://guideglobal.com/frisco-city-council-approves-short-term-rental-excise-tax-ordinance-at-1st-reading/ Snow covers Main Street in Frisco on March 4. The Frisco City Council has approved the first reading of an excise tax ordinance for the April 2022 ballot.Liz Copan/For the Daily News Summit An excise tax on short-term rentals is one step closer to appearing on the April ballot. The Frisco City Council approved the […]]]>

Snow covers Main Street in Frisco on March 4. The Frisco City Council has approved the first reading of an excise tax ordinance for the April 2022 ballot.
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An excise tax on short-term rentals is one step closer to appearing on the April ballot. The Frisco City Council approved the tax ordinance on first reading on Tuesday, January 11.

After discussing the excise tax – which is a tax imposed on goods, services or activities – in November, the originally proposed 7.5% tax was lowered to 5%. It is estimated that it will generate between $1.2 and $1.5 million in additional revenue each year that would be used for workforce housing programs, supplementing 5A revenue.

“I want to assure you that we are not just looking for short-term rentals to fund workforce housing,” council member Melissa Sherburne said. “What we’re looking to do is help offset the problem that short-term rentals have created in our local housing landscape. … Labor housing has been an age-old problem in mountain towns – for decades.



Adding a new 5% excise tax to the current 10.725% taxes applied to short-term rentals brings the total tax to 15.725%. To compare, Crested Butte has the highest short-term rental tax among mountain towns at 20.9%. Avon has a 14.4% tax, Vail is 10.3%, Breckenridge is 12.275%, Dillon is 10.875% and Silverthorne is 10.375%. Breckenridge’s figure does not include room license fees, and Silverthorne is proposing a 4% incremental increase in lodging tax.

Council member Dan Fallon was the only person present who voted against the ordinance. One of the reasons being that he felt the tax was too high. While he acknowledged that the increase in short-term rentals has had an impact on local housing, he reiterated that he would be more comfortable with a 2.5% tax.



Summit Alliance of Vacation Rental Managers Executive Director Julia Koster said in the public comment portion of the meeting that they too would like to see a 2.5% tax or similar, but on all accommodations in Frisco, that would end after five years or be renewed by voters if necessary. She said the organization welcomes continued conversation and would prefer open dialogue rather than rushing to put the tax on the ballot.

“This issue affects everyone, including our (Summit Alliance of Vacation Rental Managers) members and their employees,” Koster said. “We want to be a collaborative force in every discussion that seeks to impact our common community issues.”

Mary Waldman of Summit Mountain Rentals was also concerned about the percentage and would prefer a 0.5% tax. She said it will hurt landlords more than renters as they try to keep prices competitive.

“Yes, the money comes from the tenants, but because I have to lower the rent to stay competitive, the money comes out of my pocket, not the tenants’,” Waldman said. “You don’t tax the guests: you tax me, the property managers and all second home owners.”

Councilman Andy Held said the city isn’t against short-term rentals, but added how he’s seen them affect the ability to live in Frisco over the 30 years he’s lived there.

He also reminded the public that they still have to go to the polls before it becomes official.

“We will not pass this. We put it to the people,” Held said. “It’s not just a handful of people making a decision on this stuff. That’s who should make the decision.

Fallon said he wanted to explore tax exemptions and incentives for owners of short-term rentals rather than penalizing them. One example, he said, is waiving the tax if a rental is rented to a local worker for 90 days.

Other board members agreed that exemptions and incentives are a good idea. However, they said they didn’t want to complicate the language of the ballot by explaining additional programs and rules. The city council can pass exemptions after the tax is passed, giving city staff time to craft the appropriate exemption language.

“I think that’s a good start, and I also don’t want to not do it, or lower it to a point where it’s not happening and we’re back to draconian petitions circulating in the community to really affect what we need, which is short-term rentals in our city,” Mortensen said, referring to James Hayes Walsh’s petition to ban rentals. “Our economy is built on them, we depend on them, and I think if we don’t make that language available to voters, we risk having a much worse outcome where we may not have one. (short term rentals). And I don’t think it will serve us at all to achieve any of our goals.

If passed, the tax would come into effect on June 1. A second reading is scheduled for January 25.

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Frank Roberts: Neighborhoods Need Neighbors | Opinion https://guideglobal.com/frank-roberts-neighborhoods-need-neighbors-opinion/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 05:46:00 +0000 https://guideglobal.com/frank-roberts-neighborhoods-need-neighbors-opinion/ Editor: Regarding Wednesday’s front-page story on vacation rental regulations, State Sen. Mesnard (R-Chandler) is wrong, Rep. Blackman of Snowflake is right. Mesnard advocates changing state regulations regarding neighborhood short-term rentals, while Blackman’s position is that local (city/county) governance is best. Mesnard’s position is that the major problem with short-term neighborhood rentals is noisy tenants, or […]]]>

Editor: Regarding Wednesday’s front-page story on vacation rental regulations, State Sen. Mesnard (R-Chandler) is wrong, Rep. Blackman of Snowflake is right. Mesnard advocates changing state regulations regarding neighborhood short-term rentals, while Blackman’s position is that local (city/county) governance is best. Mesnard’s position is that the major problem with short-term neighborhood rentals is noisy tenants, or too many people with too many cars. Yes, it’s a problem, but a bigger problem is that as more homes convert from single family residences to commercial rentals, the area becomes much less appealing to full-time homeowners or even second-home owners. .

Neighborhoods need neighbors! It doesn’t take a lot of residences in a neighborhood turning around and becoming vacant or occupied by short-term tenants to negatively affect the neighborhood community. This is the main problem of allowing commercial development in residential areas, and this problem is best dealt with at the local level because local conditions vary greatly from place to place. For example, Kingman and Lake Havasu have totally different markets attracting short-term tenants. As it is, capitalism is sufficiently invasive without interfering and infecting our neighborhoods. Local control is clearly the best option for managing this cancer.

Frank Roberts

Lake Havasu City

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Letting the Air Out of the Bloat of Online Travel’s IPO https://guideglobal.com/letting-the-air-out-of-the-bloat-of-online-travels-ipo/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 07:30:20 +0000 https://guideglobal.com/letting-the-air-out-of-the-bloat-of-online-travels-ipo/ Travel online this week It’s no secret that the valuations of venture capital and private equity firms in travel startups can be significantly inflated, although Covid and lockdowns are contributing to volatile market conditions. Skift looked at a crop of eight new short-term rental, travel technology and rideshare companies that went public in 2021. (See […]]]>

Travel online this week

It’s no secret that the valuations of venture capital and private equity firms in travel startups can be significantly inflated, although Covid and lockdowns are contributing to volatile market conditions.

Skift looked at a crop of eight new short-term rental, travel technology and rideshare companies that went public in 2021. (See the table below.) While many have managed to fill their coffers in conjunction with the 2021 stock market debut, raising net proceeds to fund ongoing operations or dreams of expansion, their previous private valuations appear to have been grossly overestimated in many cases. .

For example, in April To grab, The Singapore-headquartered rideshare, delivery and fintech superapp has announced it will go public under a $ 40 billion PSPC deal. Grab’s debut was delayed, but it started trading on the Nasdaq on December 2, and last week its market cap was relatively large, but barely $ 24.4 billion.

Secure Clear, the biometrics and airport security company, was to go public in a Initial public offering of $ 4.5 billion. It did indeed start trading on June 30 on the New York Stock Exchange, and when tickers ended last week’s session, Clear Secure’s market cap was only $ 1.7 billion.

It is a similar scenario for Vacasa, the predominantly American property management company that began trading on the Nasdaq on December 7. In July, Vacasa announced it would go public under a SPAC deal at a valuation of $ 4.5 billion. But stock investors looked at the company from a different perspective: Last week, Vacasa’s market capitalization was $ 1.7 billion.

These drops for Grab (-47.8%), Clear Secure (-32%) and Vacasa (-26.7%) from their opening prices from the first trading day until last week can be viewed in the table below.

This does not mean that they are weak companies or that they will not one day reach those high valuations. Some of the prospects for these companies call for long-term play. I’m betting on Grab, for example, for the long haul because of its superapp strategy, untapped market, and the strength of its board and leadership.

Yet the hype so far – and this may change – from private investors about these companies’ public debuts has not lived up to the reality.

Online Travel, Short-Term Rental, and Travel Tech Debuts on the 2021 Stock Market

Society Sector stock Exchange Beginnings in trading SPAC or IPO Market capitalization * Gain / Loss of share price **
To assert FinTech Nasdaq 01/13/21 Initial Public Offering $ 21.4 million (-12.4%)
Alloggio Short term rentals ASX 11/29/21 Initial Public Offering $ 25.9 million 16.10%
Secure Clear Biometrics NYSE 06/30/21 Initial Public Offering $ 1.7 billion (-32%)
To grab Carpooling / Delivery Nasdaq 12/02/21 After-sales service $ 24.4 billion (-47.8%)
HomeToGo Short term rentals Frankfurt 09/22/21 After-sales service $ 1.04 billion (-21.7%)
Rate Gain Travel technology Bombay 12/17/21 Initial Public Offering $ 611 million 5.90%
SiteMinder Travel technology ASX 8/11/21 Initial Public Offering $ 1.2 billion 0%
Vacasa Short term rentals Nasdaq 12/7/21 After-sales service $ 1.7 billion (-26.7%)

To note: * Market caps are estimates expressed in US dollars

** Gains or losses in the price of the shares indicated at the close of the market on January 7, 2022

Source: Yahoo Finance and Skift

To put it in context, as Grab and Vacasa stock prices plummeted on the Nasdaq, as well as Clear Secure’s decline on the New York Stock Exchange, over the past 12 months the Nasdaq has risen by 14.2 percent, and the New York Stock Exchange was up 15.4 percent.

“A lot of IPOs have been poorly successful so far, trying to achieve unrealistic valuations,” said Richard Clarke of Bernstein, a research outfit. “Obviously the main trend is private leasing, a share gain during Covid, and it’s only natural for start-up investors to try to capitalize on the positive sentiment there, especially if ADRs (average daily rates) go start to moderate. “

Among short-term rental companies, while property manager Vacasa and the German vacation rental meta-search company HomeToGo (-21.7%), saw their valuations plunge, Australia Alloggio has been riding the resurgent wave of vacation rentals with a 16.1% share price rise last week since it went public on November 29.

Many of these companies’ testosterone-filled preparations for public company status have been with continuous red ink, and therefore investor enthusiasm has waned. Often times, patience for the long game gives way to a sense of what you’ve been doing for me lately.

“The only trend I would note is that these companies are still not profitable and are probably in investment mode for a while,” said Dan Wasiolek, a The morning star analyst. “The market appears to have moved away from unprofitable names that are valued more on sales than earnings multiples in recent weeks, possibly due to a Fed communication that is pushing rates of return up. . “

Of course, much of these stock market debuts took place outside of the United States, Alloggio and SiteMinder trade in Australia, HomeToGo presented himself in Germany and Rate Gain sells its shares in India, a testament to the global strength of emerging travel startups.

The generally disappointing performance of IPOs and online travel-related PSPCs in 2021 may not be good news for those waiting behind the scenes in 2021, including the hotel booking site and the Indian operator Oyo, and the American entrants quasi-hotel company Probe, hotel reservation site Hotel planner, and the carsharing market Turo.

Among the group, at least Sonder has lowered its expected valuation to $ 1.9 billion, from $ 2.2 billion at the end of October, but that won’t mean much until its shares are traded on the Nasdaq under. a blazing sun.

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District of Columbia restricts short-term rentals

Washington, DC, the capital of the United States, has taken steps to place limits on short-term rentals from Airbnb, Vrbo, and others. Licenses will be required and rentals will be limited to a maximum of 90 days per year if the host is not present during the rental. Daily DCist

Last Mile Transit apps dominate 2021 downloads

Google Maps, the local navigation, travel and business app, was the most downloaded app worldwide in 2021, followed by the Uber rideshare app. Apptop’s tally did not reflect adequate data from China. Skift

Ecuador implements new regulations on travel agencies

Seeking to stem financial fraud and challenging customer experiences, Ecuador has established new regulations for travel agencies and tour operators, including imposing physical offices and certain training requirements for the workforce. . Skift

BookBarbados.com Seeks To Facilitate Local Ecommerce

Why cede all the territory to Booking.com, Expedia and Despegar? A new Barbados-based online travel site, BookBarbados.com, seeks to be a home-grown alternative to some of the world’s major players in online travel. The idea is to make money and benefit local businesses. Skift

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No, clients do not need human-provided hospitality services https://guideglobal.com/no-clients-do-not-need-human-provided-hospitality-services/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 02:11:08 +0000 https://guideglobal.com/no-clients-do-not-need-human-provided-hospitality-services/ This opinion piece is from Max starkov, consultant and strategist in online hotel and travel technologies. THE classic philosophy of the hospitality industry is as follows: clients – whether they are leisure, business, corporate groups or members of SMERF – need services provided by super kind, smiling humans and well trained. Think of the employees […]]]>

This opinion piece is from Max starkov, consultant and strategist in online hotel and travel technologies.

THE classic philosophy of the hospitality industry is as follows: clients – whether they are leisure, business, corporate groups or members of SMERF – need services provided by super kind, smiling humans and well trained.

Think of the employees of the Ritz Carlton and their little manual “Gold Standards” which guarantees unparalleled customer service. After all, according to reasoning, this is why our industry is called “hospitality”, because our customers expect their hosts – the hotel staff themselves – to provide “human” services. at all touchpoints of the customer experience.

I think the idea that clients demand human-provided services is greatly exaggerated, especially today. A prime example of why customers don’t care as much about human-provided services as some in our industry think comes from the vacation rental industry.

What can hotels learn from vacation rentals?

In 2021, almost a third of overnight stays in North America were consumed in vacation rentals / short-term rentals: houses, villas, condos and apartments. A third! The vast majority of these short term rental bookings were made online through Airbnb, Vrbo, FlipKey, Vacasa, etc.

Just imagine the whole vacation rental experience: you book online, receive online confirmation and pre-arrival information (itinerary, keyless entry information, destination information, etc.); on arrival, enter the unit using the mobile key or keyless entry; Enjoy your trip; pack your bags and leave on the day of departure.

All this while having a completely human-free experience! All human involvement “behind the scenes” remains hidden from real customers: management of seasonal rentals, IT and technological management, management and distribution of income, marketing, housekeeping, public services, maintenance, etc.

The “gold standard” for short-term rentals is a guest experience without any human contact between guests and hosts, and yet guests not only complain, but gobble up and love this “human-less” service! In the last two years of the pandemic, I have spent over 150 nights in short term rentals without seeing any of my hosts in person, even once!

This means that a third of travelers who consume accommodation have already experienced human-free hospitality and are ready to do so in traditional types of accommodation such as hotels, resorts, casinos, motels, etc.

Why is the topic of human-provided services in the hotel industry so important?

There are three extremely important issues plaguing the industry today that require immediate resolution: endless labor shortages, unsustainable labor costs, and the inability to provide services. suitable for extremely tech-savvy customers and DIY enthusiasts.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in October 2021, the number of job vacancies in the United States reached 11 million, of which “only” 1.78 million are in the leisure and hospitality industries, meaning that labor shortages are not over. a problem native to the hotel industry.

We cannot simply “bribe” – with higher salaries and enrollment bonuses – people to work in the hospitality industry, as professional services, retail, transportation, utilities, manufacturing, construction, education, health and other sectors that pay much higher average wages are also affected.

The rising cost of labor in the hospitality industry due to labor shortages is not to be taken lightly. Total labor costs per available room (LPAR) in North America reached $ 47.50 in September, or 96% of the comparable level of 2019. The situation is similar in Europe and Asia-Pacific. Higher labor costs resulted in significant declines in all key profitability metrics, including gross operating profit (GOP).

According to McKinsey, the pandemic has accelerated the digital transformation by 10 years, and today’s travel consumers have become more digital and tech savvy than ever. Many of the service expectations of today’s travelers relate to self-service and do-it-yourself, from planning and booking online to preferences for contactless check-in, mobile keys, voice assistants and communications with hotel staff via messaging.

It’s time for our industry to give DIY obsessed customers what they want! Accelerated investments in technology are needed to “appease” these extremely tech-savvy customers and their extremely high technology expectations.

In my opinion, it is only through accelerated investments in technology – cloud, mobility, AI, robotics, IoT and other next-generation technological applications and innovations – that the hospitality industry will be able to solve the three major problems of l industry described above.

The future: doing more with less

The ultimate goal imposed on the hospitality industry by the market is simple: to do more with fewer employees using technology and thus reduce the establishment’s staffing requirements by a significant percentage.

Example: You can reduce your reception staff by 50% or more by introducing mobile check-in and mobile keys, automatic check-in kiosks, a chatbot on the website to manage service and information requests, a email reservation assistant app to manage email inquiries, a problem-solving app and in-room voice assistants to manage customer service for guests staying on site.

All of this can be achieved at a fraction of the salary expense.

Plus, you can halve your housekeeping needs if you introduce on-demand housekeeping as one of the steps during mobile check-in or when checking-in through the self-service kiosk in the hotel. lobby. The arriving guest should be able to choose in advance the type of cleaning they feel comfortable with during their stay: daily, once every three days, weekly, etc. or no cleaning, just leave clean towels by the door.

This allows for better planning, scheduling and utilization of your housekeeping staff and results in a significant reduction in labor costs.

The list is lengthened increasingly. Technologies that exist today can dramatically reduce staffing requirements and labor costs at all stages of service delivery, from pre-arrival customer engagements to on-site customer services and retention. of customers after the stay.

In a call to investors earlier this year, Hilton CEO Chris Nassetta summed up the direction the industry is heading in: especially in the areas of housekeeping, food and drinks, and other areas.

“When we emerge from the crisis, our brands will have a higher margin and require less manpower than before Covid. “

Is hospitality ready for human-less services?

The digital transformation, driven by data and next-generation technologies, is changing both guests and hospitality at an unprecedented rate and hoteliers are largely caught off guard. What is preventing the hospitality industry from adopting next-generation technologies such as AI, mobility, robotics, IoT, cloud, etc. to rebuild the hotel’s new technology stack?

I believe that at present there are three main obstacles to the accelerated adoption of next generation technologies in our industry:

  • Reluctance to invest in new technology on the part of property-conscious owners and operators, a mindset that has made the hospitality industry one of the most tech-averse industries today
  • Misunderstanding and fear of new technologies: “Who will take care of it? I do not have qualified personnel to take care of it. This makes the operations very complex ”, etc.
  • Unions in large metropolitan areas with a highly unionized hotel workforce are strongly opposed to any robotization and automation or any technological advancement that could reduce the number of paying members.

In my opinion, none of the above can stop the rapid adoption of next generation technologies in our industry, in the same way that the Luddite movement in early 19th century England could not stop the Industrial Revolution.

Will technology one day replace humans in the hospitality industry? A good question!

Over time, next generation technology will undoubtedly replace or collaboratively increase all mundane, repetitive and dangerous jobs in the hospitality industry such as housekeepers, porters and baggage handlers, janitors, security guards. , line cooks, bartenders, waiters, etc. Technology will not replace Highly skilled hotel jobs like highly skilled and educated hotel managers, revenue managers, digital marketers, IT technologists and managers, CRM experts, sales managers, etc.

Using AI, mobility, cloud, robots and cobots (collaborative robots), IoT and other next-generation technologies, the hotel, especially 4 and 5 star properties, can still maintain a “human facade to customers” but automate all back-end operations, enable intelligent communications with guests and automate and personalize each point of contact with the customer. And of course, add humans with warm smiles to the mix.

How much human labor would a hotel need in the future? In my opinion, five years from now the hospitality industry won’t need half the people it needed in 2019, and the payroll savings will mean investments in next-gen technology pay off.

* This article first appeared in Phocus yarn.

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Council overturns mayor’s moratorium veto | News, Sports, Jobs https://guideglobal.com/council-overturns-mayors-moratorium-veto-news-sports-jobs/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 17:32:39 +0000 https://guideglobal.com/council-overturns-mayors-moratorium-veto-news-sports-jobs/ Maui County Council on Friday voted 6 to 3 to overturn Mayor Michael Victorino’s veto on a bill that would impose a moratorium on new visitor accommodation in Maui. Council members supporting the bill hope it will help mitigate the impacts of tourism on Maui, though those who oppose it fear it will hurt an […]]]>

Maui County Council on Friday voted 6 to 3 to overturn Mayor Michael Victorino’s veto on a bill that would impose a moratorium on new visitor accommodation in Maui. Council members supporting the bill hope it will help mitigate the impacts of tourism on Maui, though those who oppose it fear it will hurt an industry that employs many residents. – The Maui News / COLLEEN UECHI photo

Maui County Council members voted Friday night to overturn Mayor Michael Victorino’s veto on a bill that establishes a temporary moratorium on new transient accommodation in Maui.

Members voted 6-3 in favor of overturning the veto that Victorino said last month was necessary because he feared a moratorium would in turn create “An influx of vacation rentals in our residential areas”.

Friday’s vote mirrored previous council votes in which the bill’s author, Vice President Keani Rawlins-Fernandez, as well as council members Mike Molina, Kelly King, Tamara Paltin, Shane Sinenci and Gabe Johnson, were in favor of the waiver.

Council Chair Alice Lee along with Council members Tasha Kama and Yuki Lee Sugimura opposed the moratorium.

With the passage of the bill, the moratorium will be in place for two years or – whichever comes first – until a law is enacted by a temporary inquiry group established by the council that establishes a limit of transitional accommodation by type and by community plan area.

Island Plant Co. team members Mark Carreon (left), Jonathan Dameg and Dimetrio Gonzalez install an irrigation system as construction continues at the AC Hotel by Marriott Maui Wailea project in February. Maui County Council on Friday voted 6 to 3 to overturn Mayor Michael Victorino’s veto on a bill that would impose a moratorium on new visitor accommodation in Maui. – The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

The order applies to any new temporary accommodation that has not received its final discretionary approvals by the order’s effective date, according to the bill.

About 50 people testified about the veto on Friday, of whom about 30 called for the veto to be overturned and 20 others called for the veto to be maintained.

Representatives from the hospitality and construction sectors backed the veto, saying a moratorium would impact jobs and other businesses and the bill would not bar visitors from coming. But those supporting the moratorium have said something needs to be done to manage the visitor industry to protect the environment and Maui’s way of life. They added that the bill would only halt development and would not take away any existing hotels or businesses.

Victorino, in vetoing the bill, said it could worsen the housing crisis as people can rent to visitors rather than local families and the bill lacks transparency and public input. , with modifications made at second reading at the beginning of December.

During the vote, Rawlins-Fernandez countered Victorino, asserting his claims of lack of transparency and public input. “Is unfounded”.

“There has been so much public comment as has been demonstrated today”, she said.

She added that the changes to the bill at second and final reading were not substantial as suggested by the mayor, but rather clarified the ordinance.

As to the possible proliferation of illegal vacation rentals, Rawlins-Fernandez said she had “confidence” to the mayor that the county would be able to crack down on them if necessary.

Council passed a different version of a moratorium on visitor accommodation in July, but the mayor vetoed the measure and council was unable to get the six votes needed to overturn it.

King, who proposed the moratorium bill earlier, said on Friday, “I think there was a lot of misinformation in our testimony that we received today, which came from a reading list sent out by some in the industry. We are not trying to shut down the industry. We are taking a break to control the industry.

King said it’s a “Cork” measure to allow the board to determine how to move forward.

Paltin said the community needs to find solutions to the problem, not just leave it to the temporary investigation group.

She is also keen to support the construction industry and said that there are potential jobs in her district of West Maui as the properties as well as the highway suffer damage from sea level rise and have need repairs.

But she said that overall “We have to start doing things a little differently. . . Take those two years to figure it out and focus on a circular economy.

Lee agreed that the island needs to diversify its economy based on tourism and that it would take more than a temporary investigative group to find solutions, but added that the council should not play with an industry that provides substantial income to the county.

“With all their flaws, we have to be careful how we scale down this industry before we have anything to replace it”, Lee said, noting that the tourism industry generates at least 50% of the county’s property tax revenue.

She said the responsibility for not having enough affordable housing lies with the council and administration, not tourism, adding that “you have to have money” to pay for affordable housing and infrastructure such as new roads.

Sugimura said she did not support the bill, noting that it implied “A false sense of security”, that it will prevent visitors from coming to Maui.

She added that the visitor industry was impacting layers of other industries, not only hotels, but also farmers and ranchers, as seen during the pandemic shutdown when those industries had needed help when visitors were not coming to the island.

“I do not support this moratorium. I support working families, people who work hard to send their children to school ”, Sugimura said.

Kama said her late husband worked in the construction industry, and told bricklayers, laborers and other laborers to “go do something else” for two years can be difficult.

“I don’t know what else is,” she said.

“I’m going to support these guys because I love them and I know how difficult it will be for them if this bill passes.”

In a statement released Friday evening, Victorino said that although he was disappointed, he “Intends to make the most of the two-year break. “

“We must move forward and focus on the future of our people and our commitment to economic diversification and recovery from this crippling pandemic,” he added. said Victorino. “I agree with Chairman Lee. We need to look beyond the hospitality industry and improve the balance of our economy by supporting industries such as diverse agriculture, the arts, technology, welfare, cultural education and catering. ‘environment.

* Melissa Tanji can be contacted at mtanji@mauinews.com.

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From the Mayor: Encinitas 2021 Top 10 https://guideglobal.com/from-the-mayor-encinitas-2021-top-10/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 23:36:02 +0000 https://guideglobal.com/from-the-mayor-encinitas-2021-top-10/ Happy New Year to you and your loved ones! As we begin the new year, it is worth taking a moment to reflect on the great things accomplished in 2021, despite the pandemic. Catherine Blakespear, Mayor of Encinitas (Courtesy) It’s also important to note how different this year is. Last year, in January, the circumstances […]]]>

Happy New Year to you and your loved ones! As we begin the new year, it is worth taking a moment to reflect on the great things accomplished in 2021, despite the pandemic.

Catherine Blakespear, Mayor of Encinitas

(Courtesy)

It’s also important to note how different this year is. Last year, in January, the circumstances were truly dire. We were in indefinite confinement, with vaccines barely available. COVID was skyrocketing, schools were closed and hospitals were at zero capacity.

We’re not out of the woods yet, of course.

Here is Encinitas Top 10 of 2021.

Last year we …

10. Started our innovative organic waste recycling program

In 2021, our residents and businesses started recycling their food waste in green bins for treatment, instead of being landfilled. Our EDCO waste hauler has spent the past three years building a digester that can turn green and yard waste into natural gas and fertilizer.

We embraced this program from the start, offering kitchen caddies and compostable green waste bags to make the habit change easier.

9. Adopted stricter regulations for short-term rentals

We have updated our Rules for Short Term Vacation Rentals (STVRs) for the over 600 units that owners rent from Encinitas.

We have approved a three night minimum and are considering an overall cap on the number of units that can be converted to STVR. We have also strengthened regulations to facilitate the application of consequences in the event of an infringement.

8. Switching to renewable and cleaner energy for all

Encinitas has adopted 100% renewable energy as the default power source for all of its customers and has approved the county’s most ambitious building electrification ordinance to wean our future buildings from their reliance on fossil fuels. Electric power is cleaner than gas power, and we are committed to reducing our city’s carbon footprint.

7. Creating new, safer ways to walk and cycle

The city continued to prioritize cycling and walking projects, including approving a new two-way cycle path on the west side of Highway 101 between downtown Encinitas and Cardiff, and improvements along Vulcan Ave and El Camino Real.

We continue to rethink the use of public space to make the choice to travel without a car easier, safer and more enjoyable.

6. Shops and public places reopened

As quickly and safely as possible, we have reopened our city’s businesses, schools, beaches and parks. We have also restored important community events such as the Holiday Parade and Dia de Los Muertos and the Art Night celebrations. Among the many aids offered, we have supported local businesses by allowing them to use the right-of-way of the city’s sidewalks.

5. Commemorated Jody Hubbard and welcomed Joy Lyndes

Early last year, our beloved former city councilor, Jody Hubbard, was diagnosed with lung and brain cancer, and she passed away in June. She was known for her love of the outdoors and for improving the ways of walking, biking and running in Encinitas. Jody wasn’t just a force of nature, she was a force of nature. Jody’s seat on Encinitas City Council was occupied by skilled landscape architect Joy Lyndes.

4. Opening of Olympus Park, our new Encinitas gem

In May, we opened our new three-acre Olympus Park in Leucadia, created on a hill east of I-5. The designers included whimsical play structures, a dog park, a zipline area, basketball and pickleball courts, a skate area, a pumping track for bikes, skateboards and scooters, and a stretching yoga area. Olympus Park also features hiking trails, a belvedere, a botanical garden and 76 newly planted trees!

3. Relocation of our successful safe parking program

We voted to continue and move our “safe parking” program for homeless people who still have a car to spend the night in a protected and safe place, where they will receive counseling services. It has operated successfully on the Leichtag Foundation property and is now moving to the parking lot of the Encinitas Elderly and Community Center. The program helps people and doesn’t hurt anyone – I’m proud we did the right thing.

2. Development of an inventive housing plan and approval of an “agrihood”

For the first time in the city’s history, the city council approved a one-time housing plan that encourages the construction of affordable housing for low-income people. Based on this successful plan, we approved the city’s first agrihood in Leucadia, Fox Pointe Farms. This exciting project consists of houses and apartments with an agricultural theme. We have also approved several other smaller housing projects that will provide housing in our city with high potential.

1. Highway 101 reinvented with Leucadia Streetscape

In 2021, we kicked off the city’s largest infrastructure project, a complete overhaul of Highway 101 in Leucadia, and continued construction of a new pedestrian underpass at Old Encinitas in El Portal.

Once completed, it will be easier to get to the beaches on foot or by bike, and the Coast Hwy in Leucadia will be much more walkable and suitable for families. This project with roundabouts, bike paths, trees, parking lots, wider sidewalks and better drainage lasted 15 years, and we really did it this year!

One last thought

As we begin 2022, my sincere gratitude goes to our City Council members, city staff and the generous people of Encinitas for working together to improve our paradise during these many difficult months. We must be proud of what we have accomplished together.

Let’s keep going, believing that our hope, energy and vision will create a safer and more fulfilling year 2022!


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Jackson County tourism stronger than ever https://guideglobal.com/jackson-county-tourism-stronger-than-ever/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 19:57:16 +0000 https://guideglobal.com/jackson-county-tourism-stronger-than-ever/ “We have increased tourism spending in Jackson County to almost $ 300 million, and it’s only second to Buncombe County,” said Nick Breedlove, director of the Jackson County Tourism Development Authority. By the end of 2021, tourism employed more than 2,000 people in Jackson County, an increase of more than 200 tourism-related jobs from the […]]]>

“We have increased tourism spending in Jackson County to almost $ 300 million, and it’s only second to Buncombe County,” said Nick Breedlove, director of the Jackson County Tourism Development Authority.

By the end of 2021, tourism employed more than 2,000 people in Jackson County, an increase of more than 200 tourism-related jobs from the previous year. According to JCTDA reports, tourism generates $ 84.5 million in paychecks.

“A lot of people see tourism as traffic or waste. What I see is that it helps put food on people’s tables and helps people pay off their mortgages, ”Breedlove said.

According to Tourism Economics, a national business, people visiting Jackson County spent $ 292 million on local businesses in 2021. That’s on average more than $ 800,000 for local small businesses every day.

Positive trends

A positive trend seen throughout 2021 is the number of short-term rentals available in the county and the amount of revenue they generate. On each overnight stay in Jackson County, there is a 4% room tax, which funds the JCTDA budget. Airbnbs and similar short-term rentals have seen explosive growth across the country during the pandemic. In the Cashiers, Sapphire and Glenville area alone, the short-term rental market has grown by at least 300 homes over the past three years.

“It has an effect on housing, rents and affordable housing. It’s a challenge that not only us, but a lot of communities are facing right now, ”said Breedlove.

While the share of people staying in short-term vacation rentals may increase, the percentage of people staying in hotels and motels appears to be steadily declining. For fiscal year 2019-2020, more than 60% of overnight stays in Jackson County were short-term vacation rentals.

During the month of October, the occupancy rate for commercial accommodation stood at 74.8%, while the occupancy rate for short-term rental accommodation was 67%. However, commercial accommodation brought in revenue of $ 1.5 million and short-term rentals generated $ 5 million.

“We see this trend continuing and everyone nationwide is wondering if this is going to fix itself and people will be going back to hotels. But right now people feel safer moving into an Airbnb, cleaning it up and just spending time as a welcome camp for the holidays, ”said Breedlove.

Another positive trend is the amount of money collected through tourist tax. Collection in Jackson County is ahead of schedule. The JCTDA has already raised $ 1.2 million, or 88.6% of its annual budget, and there are still eight months of fundraising left in the fiscal year.

“We plan to break all records in TDA history for the collection of occupancy tax,” said Breedlove.

The two busiest months for Jackson County tourism are July and October. In fiscal year 2019-20, Jackson County sold just under $ 50 million in homes. This year, eight months into the fiscal year, Jackson County has already sold $ 40 million in homes.

Capital projects

This year, Jackson County may have its first opportunity to use tourism revenue for investment projects in the county. Over the past year, tourism development staff have reviewed best practices and spoken to other destinations on how to best use tourism dollars for capital projects. The JCTDA has now created an app for capital projects, which is currently under review and is expected to open in the first or second quarter of 2022.

All capital projects will need to be approved by the Jackson County Council of Commissioners, and the parameters outlined in Jackson TDA’s enabling legislation mean they will need to be tourism related in some way. The law requires that two-thirds of occupancy tax funds be used to promote travel and tourism in Jackson County and that the remainder be used for tourism-related expenses. The law defines tourism-related expenses as those designed to increase the use of accommodation, meeting or conventino facilities, or to attract tourists or business travelers to the county.

“Capital projects are something we’ve been talking about since we started ADT,” Breedlove said. “We wanted to make sure we did it in the best way, that we used these tourism dollars which are arriving at a record pace to reinvest in our community. Assets that residents and visitors can benefit from.

Other projects

Jackson County TDA funded two grants in 2021 – $ 35,000 for planning for future growth in the cashiers area through the Urban Land Institute and $ 3,800 to the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area to produce videos of artisans in Dillsboro to raise awareness of Appalachian craftsmanship.

The organization has also worked towards greater environmental sustainability, funding the purchase of garbage collection tools, bear-proof recycling containers, “Leave No Trace” signs and trail counters. electronics for Panthertown Valley.

“As we see more visitors, as a long time resident here, I don’t want to develop tourism for growth. I want it to be sustainable, I want these mountains to be there for generations to come, ”said Breedlove.

To ensure smart and sustainable growth, JCTDA funds efforts to distribute visitors throughout the year, attracting tourism during the less busy times of the year.

“We’re not trying to get everyone here on a Saturday in October because they will have less good experiences, but there will also be a lot of people. So we try to distribute people during our period of need, from January to March. It’s a time when the crowds dissipate and the mountains are crisp, clean and cool, ”said Breedlove.

The JCTDA also purchased three billboards along major corridors from Atlanta, Cherokee and Asheville to Jackson County. The new signs say there are five breweries in Jackson County, farm-to-table restaurants and shops.

“We have heard from all of our merchants that they have seen an increase in their sales since we launched them. So it’s a small investment to attract businesses to our small towns.

The tourism department has also partnered with a new public relations firm, Lou Hammond Group, to promote Jackson County. Commissioner Gail Woody noted during the Dec. 14 working session that this company was instrumental in securing an article on Dillsboro in Our State Magazine.

“A Dillsboro merchant told me that October was the best seller she’s ever had in all of her years. And she thought that was a big part of being in the magazine, ”said Woody.

The company has also worked hard to educate influencers, travel editors and meeting planners about the unique scene Jackson County has to offer. Jame, a new Mediterranean restaurant in downtown Sylva, has become a popular spot for travel writers. Ilda, another new downtown restaurant won mountain restaurant of the year by Eaters Carolina.

“During the pandemic, we focused primarily on the community because we recognized that if we don’t focus on our small businesses and restaurants, when our visitors come back there will be nothing to come back to” said Breedlove.

To research

In an effort to strengthen its return on investment, research has been an important component of JCTDA’s work over the past year.

“It’s something we spend a lot on, but it determines every decision we make in terms of tourism marketing. “

The group is now partnering with Visa so that the JCTDA can know, month by month, how much visitors spend, what markets they come from and how they spend their money. The top origin markets for 2021 were the Greenville-Spartanburg area, Asheville, Atlanta, and Charlotte. Most of the residents of those areas stayed in Jackson County overnight.


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IPO Wise: applicants for pre-IPO allocation https://guideglobal.com/ipo-wise-applicants-for-pre-ipo-allocation/ Sun, 02 Jan 2022 15:42:00 +0000 https://guideglobal.com/ipo-wise-applicants-for-pre-ipo-allocation/ IPO Wise, Research and Information Specialists. IPO Wise is a revolutionary platform that informs retail investors about stock awards in high-growth startups before they go public. IPO Wise, presentations for the wise! “ – David Jefferies DUBILN, DUBLIN, IRELAND, January 2, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ – Co. Dublin, Ireland, December 22, 2021, In 2021, global IPO volumes […]]]>

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DUBILN, DUBLIN, IRELAND, January 2, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ – Co. Dublin, Ireland, December 22, 2021, In 2021, global IPO volumes increased 87% and revenue increased 99% from 2020. As retail investors wonder if these IPOs are reasonably priced, early venture capitalists have already multiplied their money.

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How to help – CBS Denver https://guideglobal.com/how-to-help-cbs-denver/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 03:48:00 +0000 https://guideglobal.com/how-to-help-cbs-denver/ (credit: CBS) BOULDER COUNTY, Colorado (CBS4) – There are a number of ways community members can begin to show support and safely provide assistance to those affected by the destructive grass fires in Boulder County. Community Foundation Boulder County has established a relief fund to support community members who have been affected by grass fires. […]]]>



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Kansas Jayhawk Notebook: Kansas Mauls Nevada https://guideglobal.com/kansas-jayhawk-notebook-kansas-mauls-nevada/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 14:29:38 +0000 https://guideglobal.com/kansas-jayhawk-notebook-kansas-mauls-nevada/ Kansas No.6 hits Nevada, 88-61, at Allen Fieldhouse | KUsports.comWith the Jayhawks leading 37-25 at the end of the first half, in a streak that essentially ended the game, Agbaji caught a run-out near midfield and floated for a dunk. highlight. He got it. And the windmill shot he delivered is not the one you […]]]>

Kansas No.6 hits Nevada, 88-61, at Allen Fieldhouse | KUsports.com
With the Jayhawks leading 37-25 at the end of the first half, in a streak that essentially ended the game, Agbaji caught a run-out near midfield and floated for a dunk. highlight. He got it. And the windmill shot he delivered is not the one you see every night at Allen Fieldhouse. But he didn’t elevate the way his teammates know he can and some of them made sure to point it out after the win.

Notebook: KU bench gets more work done but still doesn’t produce consistently | KUsports.com
With so many games canceled or postponed in the past 10 days and the COVID-19 pandemic wracking college basketball programs from coast to coast, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self, said he and his staff have changed part of their workout routine in recent weeks.

basketball player will face George Mason on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse | KUsports.com
The game was set to replace the postponed home opener of Kansas, sixth in the table, against TCU, who had to withdraw ut because of the COVID-19 issues within the Horned Frogs program. No makeup date has been announced for the KU-TCU game, but the Big 12 Conference is working on its rescheduling.

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers says it will not take long after the season to decide on the future
GREEN BAY, Wisconsin – Aaron Rodgers is ready to make a promise when it comes to his future: The Packers quarterback won’t take too long after this season to decide.

Ja from Memphis Grizzlies Morant feeds the secoSecond-half rally, 41 points to bury Los Angeles Lakers
“Whaten you shoot the bjust as well as he did tonight from the perimeter, with his speed and athleticism, it’s going to be hard to contain a guy like that because he’s doing all three levels of scoring, ”said LeBron James. , including 37 points, including eight 3-pointers to tie a career-high, was wasted. “You can’t – you can’t do nothing. He’s got you at his disposal. [and call]. “

Kyrie Irving “incredibly grateful” to be back with the Brooklyn Nets after fifirst practice of the season
“I understood their decision and I respected it,” Irving told reporters Wednesday at the Nets training center in Brooklyn, making his first public comment since Oct. 13. “I really had to sit down and think and try not to get too emotionally attached to what they were deciding to do. I really had to assess things and see things from their point of view, that is, – say the organization, my teammates.

Boston Celtics post hihistorically bad shooting performance lost to LA Clippers
“I guess so,” said Jaylen Brown, who scored 30 points but shot 13 for 36 for the game, when asked if the shot, good or bad, can be contagious. “We missed a lot of shots and I thought we had a lot of open looks.

Superhero Movies of 2021: Ranked Worst to Best
This genre has continued to dominate theaters and streaming services, and while there have been plenty of successes, there have also been some big hiccups. Now that the year is over, let’s take a look at my ranking list of all the superhero movies of 2021.

Ghislaine Maxwell trial: Jeffrey Epstein associate convicted of sex trafficking
British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was convicted on Wednesday of five federal sex trafficking charges after a jury found she played a critical role in recruiting and preparing teenage girls to be sexually assaulted by her close confidant, the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein.

The 50 Best Movies of 2021 – Paste
And luckily, they had some great movies to discuss: Not only have we had some exciting releases from American masters, but many international festivals and films in recent years have finally made their way to the United States now that the theaters have been opened. It was a year of bizarre mothers (baby cars, baby lambs, baby Annettes), reverend mothers (Charlotte Rampling, both at Dune and Benedetta), little mothers (Petite Maman) and parallel mothers (Parallel Mothers). It’s been a year of franchise entries fucking intertextuality, for better (The Matrix Resurrections) or worse (Space Jam: A New Legacy). It’s been a year of slow, loud cinema and a year of the most trashy fast-fashion fodder you can imagine. It was a year of musicals. The variety was there, if people wanted to look for it. And if 2021 had something going for it, people had more time and capacity to watch than ever before. We certainly did. So please, using what we’ve found, support some great filmmakers and a great industry in the midst of its metamorphosis.

Tiger shot down and dies at Naples Zoo in Florida after biting cleaner arm
Eko, an eight-year-old Malaysian tiger, was found with the man’s arm in his mouth at the Naples Zoo.

Noel Gallagher to film making of new album at Abbey Road
“Me writing, once you’ve seen it for an hour, you’ve seen it,” he said. “It’s the Beatles and Paul McCartney is writing ‘Get Back’ and I’m writing a record that, frankly, with the best will in the world, not many people will care.

“Me, playing the same five chords I’ve used all my life saying, ‘The sun, through the rain, can’t buy fame. “. . ‘, it does not have the same gravity.

How four ’70s-obsessed Italians became America’s new favorite rock band
Måneskin is a bunch of almost unbelievably nimble twenties who can squeeze into ’70s David Bowie jumpsuits (or, as is often the case in photoshoots, get out of them). He emerged victorious from the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest which decades earlier brought ABBA and Celine Dion to the world; Friday, that will help ring in 2022 on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin ‘Eve With Ryan Seacrest”.

New venues, major concerts in the spotlight in 2022 | Daily Inter Lac
The Flathead Valley marks a milestone in 2022 when construction of the new 1,000-seat McClaren Hall and the new Paul D. Wachholz College Center are completed at Flathead Valley Community College …

NASA Says Webb Space Telescope Fuel Will Likely Last More Than 10 Years Due to Precision Launch
After a successful launch of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope on December 25 and the completion of two mid-course corrective maneuvers, Team Webb analyzed its initial trajectory and determined that the observatory should have enough thruster to enable the support of science operations in orbit for more than a 10-year scientific lifespan. (The minimum baseline for the assignment is five years.)

Montana minimum wage increases 45 cents to $ 9.20 on January 1 – Flathead Beacon
HELENA – Montana’s minimum wage increases by 45 cents, to $ 9.20 an hour, effective Jan. 1, according to the Department of Labor and Industry.

‘Zoom Towns’ targets vacation rentals in western states – Flathead Beacon
His bill emerged in response to developers who began converting ski resort hotels into short-term condominiums with individual owners. This meant that new rentals were eligible for lower residential property tax rates, instead of the accommodation rate. In the ski town of Steamboat Springs, for example, the situation crushed the tax base by wiping $ 1.5 million from the budget of local schools, Hansen said.


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