First Short-Term Rental Summit Helps to Create Airbnb Rules

bed pillows bed timeSmart City Policy Group (SCPG) hosted their first-of-its-kind summit on short-term rental regulations. The Smart City Policy Summit was held on August 16th at the Austin Central Library Conference Center.

Led by SCPG’s CEO, Matt Curtis, the summit addressed concerns faced by the short-term rental industry. Nearly 200 city regulators, the travel industry and vacation rental managers came together to learn about and discuss issues in the industry as well as present their ideas to create a conversation.

“The goal of this summit is to learn from one another about how to communicate better and create local rules that addressed issues in short-term rental regulations,” said Curtis.

In the past ten years more than one thousand cities in the United States have discussed, and created, regulations for short-term rentals. Topics discussed involved industry trends, new innovations, and best practices for addressing noise, registration, auditing, quality of life, insurance, tax collection, and remittance.

“As important as it is to understand the perspectives and emotions that people bring, decisions cannot be made without reviewing data,” said audience member, Derek A. A. Kirk.

Speakers included Todd Larue, Managing Director RCLCO; Jane Hughson, Mayor City of San Marcos; Carl Smart, Assistant County Manager Alachua County, Florida; Melissa Heuer, Head of Public Policy Sonder; and Steven Shur, President Travel Technology Association.

The Smart City Policy Summit received numerous accolades from speakers and audience members.

“The conference was wonderful,” said Scott McQuade, President and CEO of the Golden Isles Convention and Visitors Bureau. “It addressed the many challenges that we face as a community and an industry.”

Smart City Policy Group will host their second summit on short-term rental regulations in Lisbon, Portugal. The discussion on short-term rental regulations will continue with a focus on the European, Middle Eastern, and African economy.

Smart City Policy Group has ample experience in the short-term rental space. Founded by Matt Curtis, formerly the right-hand to several Austin mayors and Head of Global Affairs and Public Policy for HomeAway and Expedia, SCPG’s savvy and seasoned team delivers an unrivaled depth and breadth of expertise.


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