Considering that Airbnb is reportedly worth twice as much as some of the largest hotel chains in the world, it should come as no surprise that hotels would want to make locals wary of the service.
To that end, the Hotel Association of New York City has launched a half-million-dollar, ten-day campaign in the NYC area of an ad that ties Airbnb to pontential terrorist threats.
While Airbnb were initially connected to an apartment that had been raided by the police after the bombings, it turned out to have been booked through a different company.
Josh Meltzer, the public policy director for Airbnb, was outraged by the ad, sending a letter to various CEOs of hotels included in the NYC association.
"First and foremost, Airbnb had nothing to do with this tragedy, and using these attacks in a cynical corporate PR campaign is despicable," Meltzer wrote. "Your company and the front groups you fund may oppose Airbnb and middle class people who share their homes, but using a global terrorist attack to protect your bottom line is beyond the pale and should have no place in any civil discourse."
Wait is this commercial telling me to be scared of Airbnb terrorist cells— Kavitha A. Davidson (@kavithadavidson) August 6, 2017
Kind of like you can blame 9/11 terrorist acts because they stayed in HOTELS - right? Bet ya didn't think of that angle.— Airbnb SF (@SuperhostSF) August 4, 2017