New law limits travelers to New York hotels
Posted on Friday 30 July 2010
in Hotels, New York
Each year, travelers from across the globe converge on New York
City to take advantage of the glorious shopping, dining and
entertainment options to be found in the big apple. Though the city
is a popular tourist destination, it is far from a cheap one, and
while travelers in the past have had a wide array of options when
it comes to accommodations, a new law will restrict
budget-conscious travelers to more traditional New York hotels.
Authored by New York Governor, David Patterson, the new law now
prohibits citizens and visitors to the famed city from renting an
apartment for less than 30 days. Ostensibly, the move is an attempt
by the state government to crack down on unsafe and illegal hotels
operating within the city and remove housing opportunities for
Opponents of the new law, however, fear that the legislation will
prevent travelers from finding reasonably priced accommodations
through services like CrashPadder, an online community that
connects property owners with travelers in need of a place to stay
for a low price.
Stephen Rapoport, co founder of the site, believes that they
provide a service to cost-conscious vacationers.
"The advent of social media has empowered people to interact in
many real-world ways - offering one another overnight accommodation
is just one - in a way which is safer and simpler than the
alternatives," he told RelaxNews.
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