Vacation Rentals – Guide Global http://guideglobal.com/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 03:55:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://guideglobal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/default1.png Vacation Rentals – Guide Global http://guideglobal.com/ 32 32 Nags Head Planning Board hears feedback from residents, approves special use permit and discusses zoning of historic character neighborhood – Reuters https://guideglobal.com/nags-head-planning-board-hears-feedback-from-residents-approves-special-use-permit-and-discusses-zoning-of-historic-character-neighborhood-reuters/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 01:07:30 +0000 https://guideglobal.com/nags-head-planning-board-hears-feedback-from-residents-approves-special-use-permit-and-discusses-zoning-of-historic-character-neighborhood-reuters/ Nags Head Planning Board hears feedback from residents, approves special use permit and discusses zoning of historic character neighborhood Posted 8:02 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23, 2022 1 of 6 Nags Head Planning Council Vice Chair Kristi Wright, Chair Megan Vaughan and Council Member Gary Ferguson. Photo by Judy Stiles Duke Geraghty, director of government […]]]>

Nags Head Planning Board hears feedback from residents, approves special use permit and discusses zoning of historic character neighborhood

Posted 8:02 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23, 2022

By Judy Stiles

Nags Head Planning Council Chair Megan Vaughan called the November Planning Council meeting at 9am on Tuesday, November 15. All members of the planning committee were present at the meeting. Following approval of the agenda, members of the audience who wished to comment were invited to come forward.

Duke Geraghty, director of government affairs for the Outer Banks Home Builders Association, spoke about regulations for tree removal and preservation. He said the settlement goes against what the Home Builders Association stands for and that the settlement takes away the rights of homeowners. He claimed that the city is not short of trees and that the settlement is not useful.

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Rick Arthur, who owns a home on S. Memorial Ave., voiced his opposition to the affordable housing project proposed by real estate developer Woda Cooper at the corner of Hollowell St. and US 158 across from State Park in Jockey’s Ridge. Arthur said he had been following meetings of the Nags Head Board of Commissioners and seeing a presentation given by planning director Kelly Wyatt. He pointed out that the unique nature and character of the area would change significantly if multi-storey affordable housing buildings were built in the area. Arthur indicated that he and his wife Barbara supported something low density that matched the spirit and character of the surrounding neighborhoods.

Basil Belsches, of Old Nags Head Place, echoed Arthur’s concerns. He pointed out that the 2017 Global Plan designated several areas as character neighborhoods. He said a 54-unit apartment complex did not meet the intent of retaining the look or feel of the area. Belsches asked Planning Board members to consider a more appropriate zoning designation away from commercial C-2 toward a less impacted zoning designation.

Michael Mischou, who lives on S. Memorial Avenue, spoke out against zoning an affordable housing project in his neighborhood. Mischou disagreed with zoning that would allow multiple housing units because he said it was a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

Special Use Permit Review/Site Plan Review

Chris Greening of TW’s Bait and Tackle submitted a Special Use Permit ReviewSite Review Plan for the business located at 2230 S. Croatan Highway. The property is zoned C-2 General Commercial. The special use permit called for the reduction of three required parking spaces, to be replaced with three bicycle racks in accordance with Section 10.15.2.5 of the Unified Development Ordinance.

Nags Head Planning Director Kelly Wyatt said the proposal complies with applicable development and use standards and relevant land use policies and recommended permit approval.

Vaughan and planning board member Dave Elder raised questions about the parking lot overflow.

Greening said the work will accommodate bikers, who now often lean their bikes against windows. In addition, a planned renovation inside the building will require five additional parking spaces which can be accommodated by redesigning the parking area.

The Planning Council unanimously approved the plans.

Annex on the preservation and felling of trees

Deputy Director of Planning, Kate Jones, presented a draft schedule for the Nags Head Tree Preservation Bylaws which had been requested by the Planning Board. Jones introduced the draft appendix and said the regulations have not changed, but the appendix synthesizes information and resources to make it clearer to understand.

Megan Lambert, Member of the Planning Board, spoke about the importance of trees in stormwater management and supported regulations to protect trees.

Vaughan asked for clarification on the harmful trees. Jones clarified that pruning and cutting limbs to keep them away from your home and patio is permitted. Situations that allow tree removal include a tree on private property that may fall and cause injury; trees that threaten public facilities or services, or a tree in irreversible decline due to disease.

Planning Board members commended Jones for improving the clarity of the document and unanimously approved the appendix.

Discussion on the historic sector

Wyatt introduced the discussion on the Historic Character Area and provided information on the Commissioners Moratorium on most developments within the C-2 General Commercial Zoning District applicable to areas from Danube Street north to Hollowell, between US Highway 158 and NC12.

The C-2 zoning district allows for the widest range and highest intensity of uses in the city. Several of the city’s largest malls are located in the C-2 district. The city master plan suggests that C-2 zoning is not appropriate in the historic character area and further study is required to establish appropriate standards for this area.

The Planning Board and planning staff will review existing ordinances and land uses and also provide planning consideration at three meetings of the Planning Board, beginning with the meeting on Tuesday, November 15.

Any recommended ordinances or zoning map changes will be forwarded to the Board of Commissioners for scheduling a public hearing.

Wyatt said it’s important to preserve the character of Jockey’s Ridge and Historic Cottage Row, which is a National Register Historic District made up of 41 contributory homes along the waterfront and two structures on the west side of CN 12.

Potential zoning designations include: R-1, low density residential zoning, R-2, medium density residential zoning, R-3 high density residential zoning, and C-1, neighborhood commercial zoning. The intent of each of these designations has been provided to members of the Planning Board for review and consideration.

Following Wyatt’s preview, Ferguson asked if multifamily housing is included in the list of permitted businesses. Wyatt responded that it is permitted in the C-1 zoning, she continued, “when looking at the square footage requirements of C-1, some of the uses permitted in the C- 1 might be difficult to actually expand into C-1 due to the maximum square footage allowed.

Planning Board member Molly Harrison asked what would happen to current businesses if the area were relinquished to C-1 zoning. Wyatt responded that the companies would be in non-compliance but would be allowed to stay. Businesses could not expand beyond the new regulations, but actions occurring within the footprint of the existing building should be permitted and do not constitute an increase in the degree of structural non-compliance.

Ferguson asked if the planning staff had any recommendations and Wyatt replied that she didn’t have a recommendation, but it’s likely it will take a combination of C-1s and possibly changes to C-1s, R- 1 and other zoning districts and it is unlikely that there will be a single zone for the entire area. Overlay may be required for some areas.

At the end of the discussion, Ferguson summarized that he thought an important goal was to minimize non-compliance issues and speculated that C-2 zoning should remain the same along Route 158 Elder encouraged Wyatt to develop a chart to determine where there is unity and to begin from unity. Meade Gwinn, Member of the Planning Board, said it is important to look at the big picture to understand the issues.

Vaughan recapped the importance of the short timeline and thanked residents who came forward to give their thoughts on the historic character area. Elder and Wyatt agreed and encouraged residents at the meeting to reach out to their neighbors.

Short Term Rental Program Update

Wyatt provided an update on the short-term rental program. In April 2019, the Board of Commissioners passed amendments to the city code and zoning ordinance (now the Unified Development Ordinance) defining short-term rentals (STRs) and establishing regulatory requirements and a program Voluntary check-in for short-term rentals.

The municipality requested the information from:

  • be aware of the location of DOS and have a point of contact to ensure an owner can be reached in an emergency;
  • obtain information on the specific insurance and tax obligations of persons carrying out rental activities in single-family homes:
  • inform operators of safety requirements and other relevant provisions of the North Carolina Vacation Rental Act.

Recently, the North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled in Schroeder v. City of Wilmington that state law prohibited a registration requirement for short-term rentals, but the court also ruled that state law permitted general zoning and development standards for short-term rentals. term.

Planning staff are working with the city attorney to better understand the outcome of this decision and how it affects the city’s local regulations and put in place a process to continue to regulate STRs in the city.

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Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales Announces Acquisition of Shore Details https://guideglobal.com/brindley-beach-vacations-and-sales-announces-acquisition-of-shore-details/ Sun, 20 Nov 2022 16:43:23 +0000 https://guideglobal.com/brindley-beach-vacations-and-sales-announces-acquisition-of-shore-details/ Details of the Frisco Shore Office. Google Image Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales recently announced the acquisition of Shore Details, expanding their homes under management from 500 to 612, and their footprint from the Virginia state line to Hatteras Inlet. “Pam and Rene Stoffel have built an exceptional organization that serves owners and guests with […]]]>

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Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales recently announced the acquisition of Shore Details, expanding their homes under management from 500 to 612, and their footprint from the Virginia state line to Hatteras Inlet.

“Pam and Rene Stoffel have built an exceptional organization that serves owners and guests with the utmost care,” Doug Brindley of Brindley Beach said in a press release. “The Shore Details team are a welcome addition to the Brindley Beach family…We look forward to seeing everyone on Hatteras Island and making many more friends. [and] we are very pleased to have the opportunity to work with the owners and staff of Shore Details. ”

“By way of introduction, I’ve been in vacation rentals here on the Outer Banks for 38 years,” Brindley said. “My first time on the beach was in 1963 and I moved to the Outer Banks in 1984 after working in public accounting after graduating from ECU. I am the current President of the Outer Banks Association of Realtors.

“For many years I have wanted a presence on Hatteras Island and this opportunity presented itself when Pam and Rene called me. They knew we were perfectly fine because our culture and operations fit perfectly with this that they built at Shore Details. I am delighted to talk with you and meet you all, and I know that we will have a great time together working to rent out your homes and providing superior service.

Shore Details offices are located in Salvo and Frisco. For more information about Brindley Beach Vacations and Sales, visit their website at https://www.brindleybeach.com/.

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Kaunakakai’s new multipurpose building nears completion https://guideglobal.com/kaunakakais-new-multipurpose-building-nears-completion/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 18:08:03 +0000 https://guideglobal.com/kaunakakais-new-multipurpose-building-nears-completion/ By Catherine Cluett Pactol A major new building in Kaunakakai is nearing completion after construction delays following its controversial approval in 2017. The building, located on the corner between the American Savings Bank and the current DreamTech Verizon store, will contain eight small studios and three commercial spaces, according to owner Stan Wada of Oahu. […]]]>

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

A major new building in Kaunakakai is nearing completion after construction delays following its controversial approval in 2017. The building, located on the corner between the American Savings Bank and the current DreamTech Verizon store, will contain eight small studios and three commercial spaces, according to owner Stan Wada of Oahu.

Wada said he is still deciding whether the units will be used as hotel rooms or as longer-term rentals. Each unit will have a small refrigerator and a bathroom, with six units on the second floor and two on the ground floor for wheelchair accessibility. Three commercial spaces will be available for professional use.

“When I was younger I used to rent space to do some work on Molokai, we used to stay at the old Hotel Lane, about 45 years ago,” Wada said. “We used to rent cheaper hotel rooms – it was my vision to still have some of that. Like a dream, I guess.

His vision is to provide lodging in Kaunakakai so that guests don’t have to rent a car to eat in town.

“I think rental-wise, I think we can keep it lower than other places – that’s my goal, anyway,” he said.

Wada told the Molokai Dispatch last month that he hopes the building will be completed by the end of this year or early 2023, after COVID-related delays.

“I just wanted to do it, it’s been so long,” he said.

Wada said he hoped it would make “some kind of contribution” to the Molokai community. He’s been coming to the island for decades and owns a house here.

He said the construction work mainly employed local workers.

“I don’t know why I do it, actually,” he admitted of the build. “I know it won’t be profitable, the community is too small, but it will serve its purpose, it will give work to some people, make some kind of contribution there.”

The project was approved by Molokai’s planning commission in 2017, despite a majority of testimony against it.

Wada purchased the vacant lot in 2006, and it had been vacant since 1991, when a fire destroyed the former Napa Auto Parts store that stood there, according to county records.

Dispatch reported in 2017 that concerns included disruption to the Saturday market, which was taking place on the property before COVID, while other witnesses were concerned about increasing congestion in town.

“I have been involved in many planning projects on this island, and no one has ever asked to build a hotel in Kaunakakai,” Walter Ritte said in 2017. “My wife keeps telling me that the city ​​is getting too crowded, no longer recognize people in supermarkets, crowded gas stations… We should save space for what Molokai people want to do.

At the 2017 Planning Commission meeting, resident Kau`i Manera recalled two small hotels that once stood in Kaunakakai.

“The reason why I support the project is because it’s not a new concept,” she testified, being one of the only members of the community to express her approval. “[When we were young] we were coming to Kaunakakai from the east for shopping but always knew there was a hotel….The concept of having a hotel in downtown Kaunakakai is not new so I think that would destroy any idea that it is not [a good idea].”

Others question Wada’s motivations for the project.

“We have a lot of people with new ideas and they want to change Molokai and we forget that the people who live here, when their changes don’t work, guess who has to clean up their mess? It’s the people who live here,” Cynthia Luafalemana said in 2017. “It’s not our ideas, it’s their dreams, not our dreams.

A 13-space car park is provided at the rear of the building, according to the plans on file with the municipality.

At the 2017 meeting, Planning Commissioner Lori Buchanan raised concerns about permit conditions. Wada has applied for a Special Use Permit and Special Management Area Use Permit for construction within Kaunakakai Country Town Business District zoning. The hotel portion of the project falls under the 1-12 bedroom transitional vacation rental category, but would not be subject to the same rules as other vacation rentals due to zoning. Buchanan requested that for oversight and good management purposes, a hotel manager be available on-site for any issues that may arise, as with other vacation rentals.

Another condition placed on the approval of the project, at Buchanan’s suggestion, was that the permit be valid for five years from the date of issuance of the license of occupation, rather than the original 10 years. The permit would be presented to the Planning Commission for review and renewal at that time.

The project was approved by the Molokai Planning Commission with a 5-2 vote.

Wada reiterated last month his goal to help Molokai through his building, which will employ a local manager, as well as long-term maintenance and housekeeping staff.

“I just hope we provide good to the community, especially jobs,” Wada said last month. “It’s tough for Molokai. If it provides a few jobs, it will help in a small way.

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Marriott launches new luxury apartments to compete with Airbnb https://guideglobal.com/marriott-launches-new-luxury-apartments-to-compete-with-airbnb/ Sat, 12 Nov 2022 15:32:34 +0000 https://guideglobal.com/marriott-launches-new-luxury-apartments-to-compete-with-airbnb/ Share the article Last update 16 hours ago Traveler behavior has changed significantly since the start of the pandemic and major companies in the travel industry are adapting and offering new services to meet the needs of their customers. Notably, Marriott has been one of the great hotel chains striving to provide new services and […]]]>

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Traveler behavior has changed significantly since the start of the pandemic and major companies in the travel industry are adapting and offering new services to meet the needs of their customers. Notably, Marriott has been one of the great hotel chains striving to provide new services and implement new business models in modern times.

The company recently announced its expansion into apartment-style accommodations for extended stays called Apartments by Marriott Bonvoy.

Marriott Building

Stephanie Linnartz, President of Marriott International, said“Travellers planning vacations and extended business trips today are looking for more choice in accommodations, and the introduction of Apartments by Marriott Bonvoy addresses these trends while providing developers with a premium product. range backed by our trusted name and distribution platform.”

The new service will allow travelers to earn points on the hotel’s loyalty program while staying in larger apartments, ideal for families and friends looking for a “work” experience. Now that more and more companies around the world are allowing their employees to work remotely, more and more travelers want to extend their vacations.

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Apartments by Marriott Bonvoy represent another strategy to compete with successful business models like Airbnb. Marriott International has already launched a similar rental service called Homes & Villas with over 60,000 private properties in 75 countries, but this new brand will initially focus on the United States and Canada.

The company appears to be taking advantage of Airbnb’s waning popularity due to traveler concerns about cameras in vacation rentals and hosts requiring guests to clean. Many travelers are interested in experiences that are different from what the hospitality industry currently offers.

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Returning to hotel-like services is becoming more attractive to travelers as it reduces stress and work, but travelers still need workspaces and competitive pricing for business travel and remote work opportunities , and Marriott seems to understand those needs.

What travelers can expect from apartments by Marriott Bonvoy

Marriott building entrance

Apartments by Marriott Bonvoy catered to guests interested in extended stays, comfortable and private residential spaces, and luxury. Marriott International hasn’t shared specific details and will likely announce more updates in the future, but here’s what travelers can expect:

  • Apartments by Marriott Bonvoy will debut in the United States and Canada: The hotel chain already has a similar service for Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, called Marriott Executive Apartmentsbut this new service promises to be different and more exclusive.
  • Luxurious and unique design: the hotel chain considered this brand to be in the upscale and luxury segments, and the design will take inspiration from local neighborhoods.
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  • Apartments with lots of space: including a full kitchen, separate living room, bedroom, washer and dryer.
  • Not all traditional hotel services are included: The company clarified that the new accommodations will not provide food and beverage, retail and meeting spaces.
  • An air of home: the company wants customers to feel at home while providing an enhanced experience.
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Given the company’s high expectations for this new service, we will likely find properties under this new brand in major cities across the US and Canada, such as New York, Miami, Toronto or Orlando.

Properties will be developed and managed by Marriott, but developers will have flexibility in building new sites or transforming existing sites to meet their standards and design.

Marriott International brand

As Linnartz stated, this new service will allow members of the loyalty program to obtain benefits: “With Apartments by Marriott Bonvoy, customers will be able to purchase a wider range of accommodation options within the Marriott Bonvoy portfolio. , thereby increasing their loyalty to the portfolio and its range of brand offerings.

Marriott International is considering different business models to meet all of its guest needs, but they continue to grow and expand their traditional services.

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Dattola Wins Tupper Lake Supervisors Race | News, Sports, Jobs https://guideglobal.com/dattola-wins-tupper-lake-supervisors-race-news-sports-jobs/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 05:06:44 +0000 https://guideglobal.com/dattola-wins-tupper-lake-supervisors-race-news-sports-jobs/ Rick Dattola (Business Photo – Aaron Marbone) TUPPER LAKE — Rickey Dattola appears to have won the race for town supervisor of Tupper Lake, according to unofficial election night results, beating current councilman John Gillis for the seat at the head of the council where Gillis will continue. to have a […]]]>

Rick Dattola (Business Photo – Aaron Marbone)

TUPPER LAKE — Rickey Dattola appears to have won the race for town supervisor of Tupper Lake, according to unofficial election night results, beating current councilman John Gillis for the seat at the head of the council where Gillis will continue. to have a seat.

Vote tallies – read aloud from long strips of paper printed from voting machines on the Holy Ghost Parish voting site, as well as advance votes and mail-in votes uploaded to the website of the Franklin County Board of Elections – tallied 1,073 votes for Dattola, who ran on the Conservative line, and 873 for Gillis, who ran on the Republican and Democratic lines – a difference of 200 votes, with Dattola winning 55% of the vote voice.

But the election cannot be verified until all mail-in ballots have been counted. Election night was the deadline to deliver or mail ballots, and they must arrive by November 15 to be counted. Only then can the results be certified.

Franklin County Republican Election Commissioner Tracy Sparks said the county issued about 300 mail-in ballots to voters in Tupper Lake. A portion of those ballots were returned before Election Day and included in the election night vote count, due to a new state law.

Dattola, who is hosting a campaign party at his Tupper Lake Supply business, said he felt good after hearing the vote tally. He said the election had been a “Long and Hard Fight”

His first actions, he said, are to bring village and school council chiefs together to meet and talk before taking the oath after Jan. 1. He also said he wanted to meet with the city council – the majority of city council members. supported Gillis, he said, and he wanted “fix the fences” to work together.

He said he had no ill will towards his electoral opponent on his part, and hoped Gillis felt the same way.

“He has his ideas of what’s best for Tupper and I have mine,” Dattola said. “That’s what elections are for.”

“Happy anyway,” Gillis said of the election. He added that there is “no question” the two could work well together. They’ve been in business together for years — they both work in the woodworking industry.

Gillis will still remain on the board. The board cut one board member this year. Former city supervisor Clint Hollingsworth died in February after a battle with cancer, and assistant city supervisor Mary Fontana served as acting city manager. She did not choose to seek a continuing position as head of the board and will return to the board after this election.

With Dattola as elected supervisor, this would again fill the board. He would take office on January 1.

“Our board is full now,” says Gilles.

He was very satisfied with the outcome of the elections.

In his campaign, Dattola said the day-to-day operations of the city were going well and he wanted to be someone to focus on a five-year plan and a ten-year plan for the city. He believes the city “Hello” of a shrinking population, a shrinking tax base and economic uncertainty requires economic development fueled by tourism.

He is a founding member of the Tupper Lake Business Group, which advocated for the city to invest more in recreational trails and attractions. Although he left the group to run for office, he hopes to achieve some of his goals as the leader of the city.

Gillis mainly focused on housing.

He said he was happy that one of Dattola’s goals was also housing, and that Dattola was another board member with construction experience who knows what’s going on in construction.

One of the differences between the two candidates was vacation rental regulations. Gillis brought the idea of ​​regulating short-term vacation rentals with a permit system. Dattola said he wouldn’t want to regulate STRs. He prefers to encourage developers to build or rebuild housing.

Gillis said he still wants to pursue STR regulations for visitor safety – fire and code inspections, etc.

Gillis still plans to devote much of his time to improving and expanding affordable housing.

A total of 1,803 people voted in person at the polls in Tupper Lake on Tuesday. That’s about as many people voted in 2020 during the presidential election. Election officials were surprised by the turnout Tuesday night.



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Three incumbents battle to retain council seats while District 6 remains a toss-up – https://guideglobal.com/three-incumbents-battle-to-retain-council-seats-while-district-6-remains-a-toss-up/ Mon, 07 Nov 2022 23:06:02 +0000 https://guideglobal.com/three-incumbents-battle-to-retain-council-seats-while-district-6-remains-a-toss-up/ SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Three incumbent members of the San Diego City Council will fight to retain their seats on Tuesday, while two candidates compete for an open seat in the District 6 race. In District 2, incumbent Jen Campbell will face dentist/teacher Linda Lukacs. They edged out former MP Lori Saldana – who came […]]]>

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Three incumbent members of the San Diego City Council will fight to retain their seats on Tuesday, while two candidates compete for an open seat in the District 6 race.

In District 2, incumbent Jen Campbell will face dentist/teacher Linda Lukacs. They edged out former MP Lori Saldana – who came third – and three other candidates in the June primary. City council races, like all municipal races in California, are ostensibly nonpartisan.

District 2 — which encompasses the neighborhoods of Mission Beach, Ocean Beach, Point Loma and Clairemont — was upgraded from Republican to Democrat by Campbell in 2018.

A doctor, Campbell received key endorsements from Mayor Todd Gloria and a majority of local and congressional county officials. Campbell has in recent months won approval to regulate and reduce the number of short-term vacation rentals in an effort to free up hundreds of residences for San Diego’s tight housing market.

Additionally, she was successful in passing regulations on sidewalk and cart vendors. She is one of the main forces behind Measure C, which aims to remove the 30ft coastal height limit in the Midway area to allow for the construction of a stadium and affordable housing project. She also joined efforts to ban flavored tobacco products and declare San Diego a safe city for reproductive freedoms and access to abortion.

Campbell survived a 2021 recall effort, led by residents opposed to her efforts to regulate short-term vacation rentals. She served as city council president for a year before being replaced by Sean Elo-Rivera.

Lukacs has been endorsed by the San Diego County Republican Party, but says she would lead in a nonpartisan manner. It also supports development in the Midway area, but not through Measure C and only once “the appropriate infrastructure is in place”. She supports the police and says she wants them to be fairly compensated and adopt a ‘community-oriented policing’ strategy.

She said she finds the “people’s ordinance” regarding garbage collection to be unfair in its current state. “We live in a neighborhood that we can and should be proud of,”

said Lukacs. “A place where we feel safe and can enjoy our precious coastline and endless sunsets. A place where we can raise our families, build our businesses
and a place where we can count on an efficient and updated infrastructure that improves our quality of life.

In District 4, meanwhile, incumbent Monica Montgomery Steppe will face Gloria Evangelista in November. Montgomery Steppe is a Democrat who ousted an incumbent in 2018. She supports police reform and has pushed back on police exemptions to an oversight order. Evangelista is a Registered Dietician and Republican.

“I have no allegiance to any political party or political program,” she told KPBS. “My allegiance goes to God first, then to the people of San Diego, especially those in District 4.”

In the District 6 race, nonprofit director Kent Lee and environmental activist Tommy Hough will face off in their bids to replace Councilman Chris Cate, the only Republican currently on the San Diego City Council. Both men are Democrats, leaving the very real prospect of no Republican representation on the technically nonpartisan nine-person council.

They share ideas in most areas, but have drawn differences in recent months on housing and people’s ordinance.

Hough, a former local radio host, is county planning commissioner and has been actively campaigning for the position for several years, losing to Cate for the seat in 2018. His priorities include a hyperlocal focus on road repair and l improving parks and libraries in the neighborhood. He opposes the effort to repeal the people’s ordinance, which would require every San Diegan — landlord and tenant — to pay a fee for garbage collection.

Currently, the 100-year-old ordinance means that any resident who can put their trash on the sidewalk doesn’t have to pay a collection fee, while those in apartment complexes or who use a shared bin must pay a third-party carrier. to pick up the trash. “I’m tired of seeing our District 6 neighborhoods being left behind by the city, and our concerns about basics like parks and roads being dismissed by an increasingly Hubrist City Hall that seems to have lost patience working with neighborhoods and more focused on implementing unrelated initiatives,”

Hough told the San Diego Union-Tribune. It has been endorsed by the Sierra Club, the League of Conservation Voters, and the San Diego Progressive Democratic Club. Lee is a first-generation immigrant who studied at UC San Diego. He was Executive Director of the Pacific Arts Movement, a media arts organization focused on Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander cinema and host of the annual San Diego Asian Film Festival. He stepped down from his role to campaign. Its priorities include improving neighborhood services, COVID-19 economic recovery, increasing access to housing at all levels of affordability, and investing in the future of Convoy Pan Asian Cultural and Business Innovation. District.

“In our last 16 years of living in District 6, things have changed dramatically,” Lee said. “The cost of housing, interest rates and other economic factors have made housing more difficult for everyone in San Diegan. There is no single solution to solving the housing crisis, and so the leadership needed to avert this crisis will lie in consistent ideas, decisive action and strategic collaboration across our region.

Lee was endorsed by the San Diego County Democratic Party, San Diego Regional House, Mayor Todd Gloria and Council Chairman Sean Elo-
Rivera. District 8 Councilwoman Vivian Moreno, meanwhile, is challenged by Antonio Martinez. Moreno, a Democrat, faced Martinez in 2018 and won by just over 600 votes.

She won council approval to pave dirt roads and alleys in the city’s poorer areas. She has been on maternity leave since giving birth on August 31. Its priorities are to ensure that remote and non-contiguous District 8 – which covers Barrio Logan and Logan Heights as well as the border communities of San Ysidro and Otay Mes – is not overlooked or neglected in terms of funding and health services. the city, as it has been historically.

“These two years have been difficult for our friends, our family and our neighbors,” said Moreno. “As a member of your Council, I have fought to ensure that the recovery of our neighborhoods and our families is and continues to be at the center of the city. We need to push the city to do more.

Martinez, a Democrat, is on staff for Rep. Juan Vargas, D-San Diego, and a member of the San Ysidro School District Board of Trustees. His priorities include establishing an infrastructure maintenance plan for the district, establishing a homeownership program for people of color, cleaning up the Tijuana River Valley, and building housing. more inclusive. “If you have two or three jobs, if your family has two or three jobs, and you still can’t make ends meet, there’s something seriously wrong with what we’re doing.” he told KPBS.

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Project No More – ECHO Suites Extended Stay by Wyndham becomes the 24th brand of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts https://guideglobal.com/project-no-more-echo-suites-extended-stay-by-wyndham-becomes-the-24th-brand-of-wyndham-hotels-resorts/ Tue, 01 Nov 2022 11:25:00 +0000 https://guideglobal.com/project-no-more-echo-suites-extended-stay-by-wyndham-becomes-the-24th-brand-of-wyndham-hotels-resorts/ Pipeline into 120 hotels, exceeding the company’s year-end goal while making ECHO Suites its fastest growing brand; the second and third hotels inaugurate today Virginia PARSIPPANY, NJ, November 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest hotel franchise company with approximately 9,100 hotels in more than 95 countries, today announced the names […]]]>

Pipeline into 120 hotels, exceeding the company’s year-end goal while making ECHO Suites its fastest growing brand; the second and third hotels inaugurate today Virginia

PARSIPPANY, NJ, November 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest hotel franchise company with approximately 9,100 hotels in more than 95 countries, today announced the names of its 24e brand, ECHO Suites Extended Stay by Wyndham. Officially the fastest growing brand in Wyndham’s development pipeline, the brand, which continues to exceed expectations while attracting strong interest from developers, has 120 hotels in its pipeline across the United States. (to September 30e), well ahead of the year-end target previously shared by the Company.

“In just six months, ECHO Suites Extended Stay by Wyndham has secured its place as the fastest growing brand in our development pipeline, highlighting continued and robust demand from travelers and developers for economical extended stay deals,” said Geoff Ballotti, President and CEO of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. “Imagined and designed from day one with constant input, review and oversight from many of our nation’s most experienced extended stay developers, Echo Suites was designed with one specific goal in mind: to create a prototype focused on the return on investment that is as profitable to build as it is to operate.”

ECHO Suites was designed to help maximize efficiency and reduce operating costs, while providing an optimized “home away from home” for long-term guests. Born from the core values ​​of simplicity, minimalism and modernity, the brand is dedicated to providing guests with efficiently designed spaces and thoughtful essentials, forming the basis of a great stay.

Ballotti added, “More than ever, travelers today are looking for value, especially long-term guests who book extended stays. At the same time, they want a space that looks and feels like them. A space well-designed and inviting. We believe that if you can give them that, they’ll come back, night after night, stay after stay. That’s what ECHO Suites is all about: to provide guests with a great extended-stay experience, a bargain price, so that, like an echo, they repeat it again and again.”

Extended stay in mind
After breaking the ground for its first hotel in Plano, Texas. with dallas-based in Gulf Coast Hotel Management last September, ECHO Suites today opened its second and third hotels in Sterling, Virginia. and Richmond, Virginia. Both hotels are developed by richmondSandpiper Hospitality, one of the brand’s earliest and largest developers.

“From the start, Wyndham has proven to be an owner-focused organization, putting developers first so they can not only understand our needs, but also appreciate what makes this segment different from others in the industry” , said Carter Climb, Founder and CEO, The Sandpiper Group of Companies. “That fact, combined with the continued support and accessibility of Wyndham’s leadership team, is why we are opening our first two of 27 planned ECHO Suites hotels today.”

The 124-room, purpose-built ECHO Suites prototype requires just under two acres of land and has a very competitive cost per key. Covering approximately 50,000 square feet, of which nearly 74% is rentable, single rooms average 300 square feet. Rooms consist of single and double studio suites with kitchens as well as efficiently designed public areas – a lobby, fitness center and 24/7 laundry facilities – which contribute to limit labor requirements.

Extended Stay has been an industry leader for growth and recovery in recent years, with no signs of slowing down. In 2021, the segment outperformed all other chain scales with an occupancy rate nearly 20 points higher than all other US segments combined. More recently, STR Q3 2022 industry data shows that guests are checking into budget and midscale extended-stay hotels at a higher rate (76%) than at economy and midscale hotels. traditional range (62%).

ECHO Suites fills a void within Wyndham’s portfolio while reinforcing the company’s role as the undisputed leader in economy and midscale hotels. At the same time, it fills an important gap in the market for fresh and consistent extended stay products for new construction. The company plans to open its first Echo Suites hotels in 2023. For more information, including development opportunities, visit www.projectecho.wyndhamhotels.com.

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About Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: WH) is the world’s largest hotel franchise company by number of properties, with approximately 9,100 hotels in more than 95 countries on six continents. With its network of approximately 836,000 rooms that appeal to the everyday traveler, Wyndham maintains a leading presence in the economy and midscale segments of the lodging industry. The Company operates a portfolio of 24 hotel brands, including Super 8®Days Inn®Ramadan®Microtel®The fifth®Baymont®, Wingate®AmericanInn®Hawthorn Suites®Collection of brands® and Wyndham®. The company’s award-winning Wyndham Rewards® The loyalty program offers more than 97 million registered members the ability to redeem points at thousands of hotels, resorts and vacation rentals around the world. For more information, visit www.wyndhamhotels.com.

Forward-looking statements
This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the United States federal securities laws, including the planned addition of hotels and similar statements regarding possible future results or performance. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which are not guarantees of future results or performance, speak only as of the date of this press release, and are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties. including the risks described in Wyndham Hotels and Resorts’ most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, each of which could cause actual results or performance to differ materially from future results or performance expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Except as required by law, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, subsequent events or otherwise.

Contact:
Mary Griffin
Senior Vice President, Global Communications
+1.862.246.9918
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SOURCE Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

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Airbnb hosts losing money have three options https://guideglobal.com/airbnb-hosts-losing-money-have-three-options/ Fri, 28 Oct 2022 23:09:00 +0000 https://guideglobal.com/airbnb-hosts-losing-money-have-three-options/ Comment this story Comment Airbnb won’t release its third quarter results until November 1, but some hosts have noticed a sharp drop in bookings in recent months. If short-term bookings dry up, it could spell trouble for anyone relying on Airbnb revenue to cover the costs of owning a second home. It’s understandable that a […]]]>

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Airbnb won’t release its third quarter results until November 1, but some hosts have noticed a sharp drop in bookings in recent months. If short-term bookings dry up, it could spell trouble for anyone relying on Airbnb revenue to cover the costs of owning a second home.

It’s understandable that a sudden drop in rentals took guests by surprise. In recent years, investing in vacation rentals seemed like a great way to earn extra income. Yes, there are borrowing costs and maintenance costs, and your capital is tied up in the property. But mortgage rates were low and property values ​​seemed to continue to rise.

Even so, there are at least four major risks an Airbnb host needs to consider if they still expect to make money from their property as the economy slows.

First, there is the risk of making overly optimistic financial assumptions. Rollover costs, unexpected cancellations, and downtime during unpopular seasons would reduce revenue forecasts. A host may only be able to rent a property for, say, 100 days per year. The projected costs should also include hiring a professional property management fee, say 15% if you don’t manage the rental yourself and Airbnb’s fee of around 14%. It’s also easy to underestimate property maintenance costs. Being a top-notch host means furnishing the space like a corporate hotel, with new linens, furniture, and fancy coffeemakers. Short-term guests are tough on a property, driving up maintenance expenses higher than usual.

The second risk is a sudden drop in demand. Tourism is particularly vulnerable to catastrophic events like hurricanes, wildfires and even algal blooms. Tourists have many choices; if a destination is suddenly less attractive, they can easily cancel their trip or cut short their stay.

This brings me to risk number three: political risk. As short-term rental platforms have grown rapidly, local governments have been pressured by hotels and housing advocates to impose limits. For example, New York has passed laws restricting short-term rentals, making it harder for hosts to rent rooms in apartment buildings. Other cities have followed suit.

Finally, there is oversupply. You might have a good spot in an attractive location; but if supply has exceeded demand, there could be a drop in rents or a lack of bookings. In big cities with high housing costs, lots of hotels, and lots of other Airbnb hosts, it’s harder to demand a price premium.

Small towns aren’t necessarily a better bet. In late January 2020, I remember visiting Sedona, Arizona and chatting with a couple from New Jersey who had also been enchanted by the red rock wonderland. They were strongly tempted to buy a house and rent it out on Airbnb during the weeks they weren’t there. But Sedona is one of the worst places to be an Airbnb host, according to AirDNA, an analytics firm that ranks the best places to invest in short-term rentals. It rates Sedona poorly due to high housing prices, low demand and the large number of listings already on the market.

Hosts looking to exit the business have three options: sell, rent to a long-term tenant, or move in.

House prices are falling, but supply is still limited, so depending on the appreciation of the property, selling might not be a bad option. Renting the property long-term may be the best choice in some markets, especially when rental prices are high. Moving in is a very personal choice with a lot of additional costs.

Of course, not all Airbnb hosts rent out their vacation home. Some rent out their only home and use the extra income to balance their budget. I know a family from LA – two adults and two teenagers – who move in with friends and rent out their house when they need back-to-school clothes or a car repair. A more predictable source of income could be a long-term roommate, but that comes with legal complications — long-term tenants have more rights — as well as privacy considerations.

Even though Airbnb itself brings in another quarter of impressive revenue, if the hosting math isn’t working for you, it might be time to cut your losses.

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• I can buy because the rent is just too high: Erin Lowry

This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Editorial Board or of Bloomberg LP and its owners.

Teresa Ghilarducci is Schwartz Professor of Economics at the New School for Social Research. She is a co-author of “Rescuing Retirement” and a board member of the Economic Policy Institute.

More stories like this are available at bloomberg.com/opinion

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Vacasa lays off 280 people, latest Oregon company to cut jobs https://guideglobal.com/vacasa-lays-off-280-people-latest-oregon-company-to-cut-jobs/ Mon, 24 Oct 2022 19:54:00 +0000 https://guideglobal.com/vacasa-lays-off-280-people-latest-oregon-company-to-cut-jobs/ Portland vacation rental management company Vacasa laid off 280 people last week as it struggles to improve its financial position and boost its depressed share price. The layoffs represent approximately 3% of Vacasa’s total workforce, the company told trade publication Skift on Friday. “We do not make these decisions lightly, but we continually evaluate our […]]]>

Portland vacation rental management company Vacasa laid off 280 people last week as it struggles to improve its financial position and boost its depressed share price. The layoffs represent approximately 3% of Vacasa’s total workforce, the company told trade publication Skift on Friday.

“We do not make these decisions lightly, but we continually evaluate our business, striving to optimize our resources and teams to be efficient and aligned with our priorities,” Vacasa said in a statement to Skift, which has first reported the job cuts.

The company did not respond Monday to a request for additional comment. It’s unclear how many of Vacasa’s layoffs have taken place in Oregon, but the company told Skift the layoffs were primarily for corporate jobs, which are concentrated in Portland.

Vacasa markets vacation rentals online and manages properties for owners, providing cleaning, maintenance and other services. The company posted $310 million in sales in the second quarter, up 30% from a year earlier.

Vacasa went public last year by merging with a special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC, but its debut on Wall Street was a severe disappointment. Shares were down 14% in early Monday afternoon at $3.19. The stock was trading at $11 a share when it went public in December.

Vacasa appointed a new CEO in Augustformer Expedia director Rob Greyber.

Last week’s layoffs are the latest in a string of job cuts at Oregon companies, including Arcimoto, Superfood Laird and Columbia Steel Foundry. Intel, Oregon’s largest corporate employer, looks set to make major job cuts when releasing third-quarter financial results on Thursday.

Oregon cut 600 jobs last month, halting 12 months of steady gains, but Oregon’s unemployment rate remains near historic low at 3.8%.

–Mike Rogoway | mrogoway@oregonian.com | 503-294-7699 | Twitter: @rogoway |

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Spanish hotel software start-up Amenitiz acquires French business training tool https://guideglobal.com/spanish-hotel-software-start-up-amenitiz-acquires-french-business-training-tool/ Fri, 21 Oct 2022 18:59:44 +0000 https://guideglobal.com/spanish-hotel-software-start-up-amenitiz-acquires-french-business-training-tool/ Six months after raising $30 million, a startup offering operations management software to small hotels has made its first acquisition. Barcelona-based Amenitiz announced this week that it has acquired Ododo, a French company that offers online hotel training. The Amenitiz The platform contains several features, including data transfer to online retailers, online booking, automation of […]]]>

Six months after raising $30 million, a startup offering operations management software to small hotels has made its first acquisition.

Barcelona-based Amenitiz announced this week that it has acquired Ododo, a French company that offers online hotel training.

The Amenitiz The platform contains several features, including data transfer to online retailers, online booking, automation of daily tasks such as payments and invoicing, and online marketing.

The Ododo training service aims to help hoteliers learn how to increase bookings and become more profitable.

Amenitiz customers will now be able to access Ododo training for free, the company said. Especially during a tight labor market, Amenitiz said providing the training tool is the next step to further support independent hoteliers.

Marc-Antoine de la Rüe du Can, the founder of Ododo, will join Amenitiz as content manager.

Following the acquisition, Amenitiz launches The hotel-cluba multilingual training platform through which any hotelier can access free training.

Additionally, Amenitiz plans to hold regular in-person events across Europe, with the aim of helping hoteliers expand their networks.

Amenitizp made a Fundraising Series A in April. The startup is part of a wave of companies offering cloud-based software to help small hospitality businesses sell online. Some others include Cloudbeds, Hotelrunner, Clock, Ezee from Yanolja, SiteMinder and Opera Cloud from Oracle Hospitality.

Amenitiz said there are 700,000 hotels, bed and breakfasts and vacation rentals in Europe, 80% of which fall under the company’s target customer base, independent properties with 50 rooms or less.

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