December 4, 2022

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Laws would be a burden to RI journey, tourism marketplace

Opinion

Steve Shur is president of the Travel Know-how Affiliation, representing organizations such as Orbitz, Expedia, Priceline, Travelocity, Airbnb and other individuals. 

In excess of the previous yr, COVID-19 has devastated the Ocean State’s economic system. As Rhode Island seeks to rebuild, point out lawmakers must not undervalue the capacity of travel and tourism to foster financial growth. The simple fact is, one in 7 employment in Rhode Island are sustained by the journey economic system. Ensuring that Rhode Island’s tourism financial state has every option to flourish with out impediment need to be a best priority.

Yet, two dangerous charges — HB5505 and its Senate companion bill, SB501 — are getting regarded as by the point out legislature that would cause irreparable damage to Rhode Island’s vacation field at a time when it has been devastated by the global pandemic. These expenses would have to have “third-celebration internet hosting platforms,” these types of as Airbnb, Vrbo and Booking.com, to only record properties that have effectively registered with Rhode Island’s Office of Business enterprise Regulation.