Hoteliers in New York took notice of the company’s rapid success and recognized a threat. The Hotel Association of New York City complained to authorities that Airbnb isn’t paying occupancy taxes and is violating state law that disallows private rentals of less than 30 days. Airbnb is fighting back, claiming it’s bringing tourists in New York who otherwise couldn’t afford to stay in the city and, as such, is generating millions of dollars in economic activity. Perhaps even more worrisome for the hotel industry was Airbnb’s hiring in September of boutique hotel visionary Chip Conley as head of global hospitality with the mission to improve the guest experience and create standards for the company. This could be the company’s first step to becoming a full-fledged hotel chain. While the Airbnb model might spread and further threaten the traditional hotel business, it’s not the only new competition nipping at your heels. “Glamping” is a stepped-up camping experience that provides accommodations in tents, yurts, teepees, trailers, cabins and more combined with luxury food and beverage and service. Several websites tout the concept and offer reservations for glamping experiences around the globe. Get the full story at HotelNewsNow