The Battle… New Software will track if you pay lodging tax

Eye Street Solutions LLC (“Eye Street”)  and HomeAway are battling it out in court!!! http://www.ca4.uscourts.gov/Opinions/Published/121143.P.pdf “Rather than book hotel rooms, many travelers now rent private residences for accommodation during their vacations. Appellee HomeAway, Inc. owns and operates a number of websites that facilitate such rentals. The websites, including HomeAway.com and VRBO.com, post rental advertisements by homeowners, whom prospective renters can then contact directly to make reservations.” “Many localities have found that these vacation rentals deprive them of significant lodging tax revenue. Whereas hotels almost always pay the taxes that localities assess on room rentals, private homeowners frequently fail to...

Vacation rentals to find home in Super Bowl XLV commercial

HomeAway’s Super Bowl ad featuring Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo (aka Clark and Ellen Griswold), a reunion of sorts from the movie, National Lampoon’s Vacation. HomeAway owns the popular VRBO.com vacation rental website. HomeAway just announced that it will be doing another Super Bowl ad for Super Bowl XLV. The goal is to bring awareness of vacation rentals as THE hotel alternative. The company says in a press release that last year’s “Hotel Hell Vacation” commercial generated a 500 percent increase in visits to its website in the day following the Super Bowl. It also says it experienced one million...