Rental of rooms or entire homes through web sites like Airbnb is currently illegal in Philadelphia, because the zoning code doesn’t allow it.
“This is great news for us. We are on a roll,” says Ed Grose, executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association.
Human trafficking often involves forced prostitution – and now Philadelphia City Council is considering new regulations on local hotels aimed at preventing that.
Preliminary numbers for 2014 show the center city occupancy rate was at 76 percent.
The hotels and historic sites have ten months to get ready. Most visitors will be encouraged to stay with host families.
But members of Philadelphia City Council found no easy answers.
Hotels in center city Philadelphia are expected to be sold out for the upcoming end-of-summer weekend.
And it seems that long-running labor issues are the key concern.
“Convention planners prefer not to have their attendees spread out,” explains the executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association.
“We all sat down at the table and have come to an agreement,” says Ed Grose, executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association.
Once its power and phone service were restored, the Holiday Inn in Fort Washington, Pa. saw an increase in business.
Katie Martin with the Mayor’s Communication Office confirmed on Thursday that there is talk of a W Hotel coming to the city.
A group representing some suburban hotels is beginning an ad campaign to lure guests away from Center City.