Protect Oahu Vacation Rentals

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Oahu (including the most populous city of Honolulu) is a major tourist destination for the State of Hawaii.  People choose to visit Hawaii for its vibrant culture, often choosing to stay in vacation rental homes for a uniquely authentic experience. These short-term rentals — like those available through Vrbo — are supporting local residents, businesses, and the Oahu economy.

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In an interview with @phocuswire, @vrbo President Jeff Hurst reflects on the biggest moments of the company and discusses the brand, the future of travel, and how the #shorttermrental industry will look going forward. https://bit.ly/2YMiRqM

"Earlier in 2021, Vrbo outpaced Airbnb in listings growth...Kern said he would continue to support the Vrbo brand." We're proud to be part of the @ExpediaGroup family of brands and look forward to continuing to grow and support our partners! https://bit.ly/3BF4vXp

“It hurts the people who are trying to play by the rules.” @ExpediaGroup's Amanda Pedigo explains how #vacationrental owners & platforms have worked to crack down on illegal operations—and how Honolulu's proposed policy runs counter to the county's goals: https://bit.ly/3lAJN5o

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FACTS ABOUT OAHU VACATION RENTALS

GENERATING INCOME FOR OAHU RESIDENTS


In Oahu, short-term rental guests generated $564 million in household income for Hawaii property and business owners.

DRIVING TAX BENEFITS


Vacation rentals garnered $192 million in tax revenue for the state, supporting critical public services.

SUPPORTING LOCAL BUSINESSES


On average, Oahu vacation rental visitors spend $237 million on dining, $98 million on entertainment, $168 million on retail shopping, and $119 million on transportation services.

WHAT LOCALS ARE SAYING ABOUT OAHU VACATION RENTALS

"Prior to Vrbo's organizational efforts, the short term rental industry was fragmented, disorganized, and ineffective in voicing its interests. Since becoming involved with OSTRA, my concerns have been addressed and I now understand the path we must follow to protect the short term rental industry on Oahu"


James Peerson
North Shore Vacation Rental Owner

"I have been a vacation rental owner and manager here in Oahu for 44 years. My job has recently been threatened by the local governments attempt to kill the vacation rental industry. The proposed changes would wipe-out many of our businesses and livelihoods, and increase the homeless and depress the second home market and overall economy. Vrbo's willingness to step into the fray and help organize and focus hundreds and thousands of independent owners and managers has been incredible. It has built confidence and allowed many of us to come out of the shadows and advocate for our industry."


Don Eovino
Honolulu Property Manager

"Before Vrbo started to engage with Oahu Councilmen and Hawaii State Legislators the vacation rental industry was under constant threat. Now, we feel we have a real voice at the table. Vrbo and their local representatives have given us the information, tools, and organization we need to fight back against unfair laws. We are, confidently, able to work with governmental agencies for positive changes for our industry. Hosting makes us more secure about our future and our valuable impact on the local economy."


Virginia Dudden
Kailua Vacation Rental Owner