Hotel industry publicly butts heads with Airbnb

The American Hotel and Lodging Association calls the site, which connects travelers with people willing to host them, ‘technically illegal.’ Airbnb is defending itself.

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The association says it plans to take the following steps to keep people from paying to crash on other peoples’ couches:

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