Earlier this month, the Airbnb New York Public Policy and Community teams collaborated on our largest host gathering yet: New York Host Day, a celebration of our New York host community. Over 200 hosts from across the state attended the day long summit where they learned about the latest public policy updates, led and attended workshops on hosting best practices, and met other hosts and host-owned small businesses.
After a wonderfully colorful and tasty breakfast, hosts gathered to hear policy updates and thoughts from various community leaders, including Carlo A Scissura, Director of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Christina Celuzza of the Harlem Business Alliance, and policy keynote address from the former Mayor of Philadelphia, Michael Nutter.
“Airbnb is an economic lifeline for thousands of middle class families in New York, certainly Philadelphia, across the country, and growing around the world. That’s why I’m proud to be here in this room, standing in unity with you and the over 46,000 hosts throughout the state of New York.”
-Mayor Michael Nutter
The policy portion of the summit culminated in the launch of the “Fighting for Hosts” campaign, which comes amid a groundswell of opposition to proposed legislation that threatens to impose harsh fines of up to $7,500 on everyday New Yorkers for advertising their homes on sites like Airbnb. In launching the campaign, Airbnb committed to support the host community with new television and digital ads, regular data releases, and the potential of legal action if the anti-tenant, anti-homeowner bill were to be signed into law.
“You’re gathering signatures, registering voters, making phone calls, using media- social and traditional – to make sure that everyone in every corner of this state knows that home sharing is here to stay. You will not be deterred by those who wish to maintain the status quo and do nothing.”
-Mayor Michael Nutter
Upon completion of the policy portion of the day, hosts enjoyed a locally-sourced lunch. The remainder of the afternoon was action-packed with host-led workshops on various hosting best practices, from planning for guest arrival to sharing your host story, followed by a community keynote given by Nomadness founder, Evita Robinson.
The day concluded with an awards ceremony honoring three New York hosts – Nan, Ed, and Richelle – for going above and beyond in the hospitality they offer their guests, attending the most meetups, and offering the warmest welcome.
While there is much work to be done to create fair home sharing rules in New York, Host Day made it clear that the New York host community is a committed and passionate group who will continue to fight on the front lines of the debate on regulating short-term rentals in the Empire State. To view the gallery of photos of the event, click the button below.
Special thanks to all of our food and beverage vendors who not only made Host Day extra delicious, but are also all Airbnb supporters! 2 PENZ, Baba Cool, City Chefs, Four & Twenty Blackbirds, Grounded Coffee, Harmless Harvest, Ox Verte, Pipcorn, Rawpothecary, Runa Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream, and Zaro’s.