Last updated: 01:35 PM ET, Sat April 16 2016

Hawaii Cracking Down on Airbnb’s Illegal Campsite Rentals

Impacting Travel | Amy Coyne Bredeson | April 16, 2016

Hawaii Cracking Down on Airbnb’s Illegal Campsite Rentals

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When looking for an inexpensive vacation in Hawaii, beware of a growing trend that is not always legal.

Online lodging services, such as Airbnb, have been advertising “glamping,” or glamourous camping, sites on beaches and in public parks in Hawaii, Fox News reported.

Some of those sites do not actually allow camping, and lawmakers are cracking down on the agencies that are advertising them, Fox said.

READ MORE: Report: Majority of Airbnb Hosts in San Francisco Operating Illegally

On Thursday, the state Senate passed legislation, requiring companies to confirm that the campsite listings are legal before advertising them, according to Fox. The bill will go to the state House of Representatives next.

Airbnb public policy manager Cynthia Wang said in an emailed statement to Fox News that advertising camping sites on public lands in Hawaii is a violation of the company’s standards and expectations.

READ MORE: AH&LA Report Suggests 'Illegal Hotels' Driving Airbnb Revenue in LA

However, it is difficult to enforce that policy. Violators can be removed from the site but are able to use a different name to post the same listings again, Fox said.




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